Trump decries federal ‘fascist thugs’ despite judge’s warnings

Former President Trump attacked federal officials as “fascist thugs” Monday morning, just before a hearing where a judge had cautioned against inflammatory statements.

In a Truth Social post, Trump railed against special counsel Jack Smith as “deranged” and Biden allies as “fascist thugs.” This came right before his attorneys were set to appear in court to discuss a trial date.

Trump was apparently responding to reports that White House officials met with Smith’s team prior to Trump’s indictment over election interference. Trump suggested this showed Biden approved the “country dividing” charges.

The judge presiding over Trump’s case, Tanya Chutkan, recently warned both sides to avoid statements that could sway witnesses or jurors. She said such remarks would compel her to expedite the trial.

Despite this, Trump used the social media post to blast the “political SleazeBags” investigating him and call the case “election interference.” He demanded the charges be dismissed.

Prosecutors are pushing for a January 2024 trial start, while Trump’s team wants April 2026. Trump has made no secret of trying to delay until after the 2024 election when he or a future Justice Department could end the case.

So his inflammatory post Monday morning directly defied the judge’s guidance and could potentially backfire by speeding up the trial he hopes to slow down.


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