Mr. Wolfe’s attorneys have requested a federal judge in Washington, D.C. impose a gag order on the president, barring from talking about the case in the future. They say it is imperative to stop Mr. Trump from talking about the case because in comments last he month he accused Mr. Wolfe of leaking classified documents, a crime for which he has not been charged.
Prosecutors have alleged Mr. Wolfe made false statements about his personal relationships with reporters to FBI agents investigating the leak of sensitive intelligence information. They have not accused him of leaking any information.
“The President, having proclaimed Mr. Wolfe to be guilty, compounded the prejudice by suggesting that he was guilty of leaking classified information, a far more serious crime that he is not facing,” wrote Benjamin Klubes, one of Mr. Wolfe’s attorneys.
“I believe strongly in the freedom of the press,” the president told reporters. “I’m a big, big believer in freedom of the press. But I’m also a believer in classified information. It has to remain classified. And that includes [former FBI Director James] Comey and his band of thieves who leaked classified information all over the place. So I’m a big believer in freedom of the press, but I’m also a believer [that] you cannot leak classified information.”
U.S. District Judge Kentanji Brown Jackson, who is overseeing the case, told prosecutors and defense counsel earlier this month that she expects to issue a decision on the gag order this week.
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