Former President Donald Trump is now reportedly prohibited from using social media to share or retain evidence that the government will be providing him in the lawsuit involving the secret materials, according to a protective order imposed by a federal judge on Monday.
The order prohibiting Trump and Walt Nauta, his co-defendant in the criminal case alleging he mishandled national security secrets, forbids them from providing their attorneys with evidence that federal investigators are about to start turning over as part of the case’s discovery process.
It forbids them from discussing the government’s evidence with others who are not immediately connected to the case without a judge’s express approval and cautions they risk being charged with criminal contempt if they do so.
Additionally, it restricts Trump’s access to the information.
Trump was charged earlier this month with 37 federal felonies, including conspiracy to obstruct justice, making false statements and representations, and deliberate retention of national security information.
When he was arraigned last week, he entered a not guilty plea.