| 7 December 2023, Thursday |

Judge Chuktan warns Trump against ‘inflammatory’ remarks before trial

A federal judge has urged former US President Donald Trump not to make “inflammatory” remarks that might sway the jury pool ahead of his trial for conspiracy to change the outcome of the 2020 election.

However, Judge Tanya Chuktan decided that Mr Trump may publicly reveal some of the non-sensitive evidence disclosed to his defense team by prosecutors.

The decision on Friday was a setback for the special counsel, who had voiced fear that Mr. Trump may divulge classified information and intimidate witnesses.

The judge stated that the historic case was progressing normally during a 90-minute hearing in Washington, DC.

“He is a criminal defendant. He is going to have restrictions like every single other defendant,” she said.

“The fact that the defendant is engaged in a political campaign is not going to allow him any greater or lesser latitude than any defendant in a criminal case.”

What Mr Trump can reveal publicly is one of several battles being fought between the former president’s legal team and federal prosecutors.