United States: Federal prosecutors in the case of former U.S. President Donald Trump’s documents requested a federal judge on Friday to restrict the ex-president from making statements that are risky to law enforcement, the court filing suggests.

Special Counsel Raises Alarm Over Misleading Statements

In a motion to relocate the conditions of release, Special Counsel Jack Smith stated that the request was necessary due to “several knowingly false and inflammatory statements recently made by Trump that inaccurately portray the circumstances of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s plan and execution of the search warrant at Mar-a-Lago.”

In a filing to Trump-appointed U. S. District Judge Aileen Cannon in Florida, Smith claimed the comments were “grossly misleading” and said the police officers who were involved in a search of Trump’s property in August 2022 acted appropriately and professionally, as reported by Reuters.

Trump’s Allegations Prompt Legal Action

Trump, the Republican candidate vying with President Joe Biden, a Democrat, in the November 5 election, is trying to raise funds this week by claiming falsely that the FBI was permitted to stage an assassination.

“Trump’s repeated mischaracterization of these facts in widely distributed messages as an attempt to kill him, his family, and Secret Service agents has endangered law enforcement officers involved in the investigation and prosecution of this case and threatened the integrity of these proceedings,” Smith wrote, adding that restriction of future similar statement does not restrict legitimate speech.

Subsequently, the FBI raided Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort to recover classified documents that Trump held onto after he left office. The agents’ houses were searched, and several records that led to charges on 40 counts of custody of the sensitive national security documents after leaving the office were found.

It is one of four criminal prosecutions Trump has. He denied all the allegations, claiming that the prosecutions were continuing a political vendetta intended to ensure that he did not occupy the White House again.

Before the Mar-a-Lago search, the FBI had written a policy for when they would be justified in using deadly force, a policy that only allows it if the officer or another person is in danger, and it made it public this week. In the case of the search, Trump was not present, and the house was searched without his consent, as reported by Reuters.

FBI Policies and Legal Standards

Former U.S. President Donald Trump with FBI agents. Credit | REUTERS

Merrick Garland, the attorney general who oversees the FBI, insisted that such policies are standard and were also used during the FBI’s voluntarily conducted search of Biden’s houses in a different case concerning classified documents.