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The judge overseeing Donald Trump’s classified documents case in Florida denied prosecutors’ request to prevent the former president from making public statements that could endanger law enforcement agents involved in the prosecution. U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon stated that the prosecutors did not give defense lawyers enough time to discuss the request before filing it. The request came after Trump claimed that FBI agents who searched his Mar-a-Lago estate were authorized to shoot him, which prosecutors argued put law enforcement officers at risk.

During the search of Trump’s estate, it was revealed that FBI agents followed a standard use-of-force policy that prohibits the use of deadly force unless there is an imminent danger of death or serious physical injury to the officer or another person. Prosecutors contended that Trump’s statements falsely suggesting that federal agents were involved in a plot to assassinate him exposed law enforcement officers to threats, violence, and harassment. Some of these officers are expected to be called as witnesses in Trump’s trial on felony charges related to hoarding classified documents and obstructing the FBI.

Trump has pleaded not guilty to the charges and has denied any wrongdoing. This case is one of four criminal cases he is facing as he aims to reclaim the White House, with the New York hush money prosecution being the only one likely to go to trial before the November election. Trump has had restrictions placed on his speech in two other cases due to incendiary comments that officials say could compromise the integrity of the proceedings. In the New York case, Trump has been fined and threatened with jail time for violating a gag order regarding public statements about witnesses and jurors.

The former president’s inflammatory comments about the FBI search at Mar-a-Lago led prosecutors to seek a ban on him making public statements that could endanger law enforcement officers involved in the case. Judge Cannon denied this request without prejudice, leaving open the possibility for prosecutors to file it again. The case against Trump involves allegations of hoarding classified documents and obstructing the FBI’s efforts to recover them. Trump’s legal troubles could impact his political ambitions as he faces multiple criminal cases while seeking to return to the White House.

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