Former White House lawyer Ty Cobb believes former President Trump will likely face jail time over the reinstated gag order in the federal election interference case.
On Sunday, Judge Tanya Chutkan reimposed the gag order barring Trump from disparaging court staff or witnesses in the case. Trump was fined over $10,000 in his New York business fraud case earlier this month. (RELATED: Trump Fined In Civil Fraud Trial)
“Well, the New York judge fined him $10,000,” Cobb said in a CNN interview Monday, referring to Trump’s second fine. “That’s in a civil case. That’s not as consequential as Judge Chutkan’s case.”
“I think she’ll come in with a much heavier penalty, and ultimately, I think he’ll spend a night or a weekend in jail,” he said.
Judge Tanya Chutkan is overseeing the case that alleges the former president conspired to overturn the results of the 2020 election. The case is scheduled to go to trial in March.
“As the court has explained, the First Amendment rights of participants in criminal proceedings must yield, when necessary, to the orderly administration of justice — a principle reflected in Supreme Court precedent,” Chutkan wrote in the partial gag order.
Cobb, who worked under the Trump administration, said a brief stint in jail is a likely outcome.
“I think it’ll take that to stop him,” he said.
Trump has vowed to appeal the order, but Chutkan said Sunday that it will still be in effect pending that appeal. (RELATED: Judge Reimposes Gag Order In Federal Election Interference Case)
“This order, according to many legal scholars, is unthinkable! It illegally and unconstitutionally takes away my First Amendment Right of Free Speech, in the middle of my campaign for President, where I am leading against BOTH Parties in the Polls,” he wrote on Truth Social overnight Monday.
“Few can believe this is happening, but I will appeal. How can they tell the leading candidate that he, and only he, is seriously restricted from campaigning in a free and open manner?” he added. “It will not stand!”