Judge issues gag order in fraud case after Trump assails staffer on social media

In response to President Donald Trump’s Twitter attack on a staffer involved in a federal fraud case, a federal judge issued a gag order. U.S. District Court Judge Noel Hillman ordered both sides in the case to refrain from making further public statements about the evidence or jury selection process. “This case is on the brink of becoming a spectacle, and that is something that none of the parties involved would benefit from,” Hillman ruled. The gag order comes after Trump blasted out a pair of tweets attacking the prosecutor in the case. In the tweets, Trump accused the staffer, Paul Fishman, of being an “Obama guy” and suggested he was biased. This was seen as an effort by Trump to undermine confidence in the outcome of the case and disrupt the judicial process.

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