Prosecutors in classified files case to urge judge to bar Trump from inflammatory comments about FBI

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FORT PIERCE, Fla. (AP) — The federal judge presiding over the classified documents prosecution of Donald Trump is hearing arguments Monday on whether to bar the former president from public comments that prosecutors say could endanger the lives of FBI agents working on the case.

The arguments follow a wonky dispute that took place earlier Monday before U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon over a claim by Trump’s attorneys that the office of special counsel Jack Smith, whose team brought the case, is illegally funded. Smith’s team says it relies on a permanent appropriation that the Justice Department has repeatedly used to fund special counsels and that there’s nothing improper about the arrangement.

Smith’s team says the speech restrictions being debated later Monday are necessary in light of Trump’s false comments that the FBI agents who searched his Mar-a-Lago estate in August 2022 for classified documents were out to kill him and his family. Trump’s lawyers say any gag order would improperly...

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