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After Trump’s temper tantrum about Papadopulos on Twitter…

Nick Akerman, a prosecutor in the Watergate investigations, is warning Donald Trump that his inappropriate Tweeter-in-Chief tantrums are interfering with the Government’s right to a fair trial and that Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller could obtain a gag order to shut him up.

Attorney Nick Akerman, a prosecutor in the Watergate investigations, told Politico Friday that Mueller could issue a gagging order to prevent the president interfering with the investigation.

He warned that the president had defamed a potential government witness who is likely to be called in a federal trial.

“This could be grounds for Mueller to obtain a gag order on Trump,” Akerman said. “It would be unprecedented, but he is interfering with the government’s right to a fair trial.”

In order for a gag order to be imposed on the president, Mueller would have to have the request signed off by a federal judge who agreed that the president’s public statements risked prejudicing the case. The federal judge overseeing the criminal trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and business partner Rick Gates, who were indicted Monday, said she is inclined to impose a gag order in the case.

While this may seem unlikely to happen, we are in unprecedented territory with this unstable and treasonous character some call a “president”.

Mueller shutting Trump up about the investigation is a delicious thought.

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