Lawyers Former President Donald J. Trump against federal charges accusing him of seeking to overturn the 2020 election offered an outraged response on Monday to the government’s request for a gag order, saying the attempt to “muzzle” He violated the right to freedom of speech during his presidential campaign.

In a filing of 25 pages, the lawyers attempted to turn the tables and accuse the prosecutors in The case for using “inflammatory rhetoric” It is a good idea to use in A way to do that “violated longstanding rules of prosecutorial ethics.”

“Following these efforts to poison President Trump’s defense, the prosecution now asks the court to take the extraordinary step of stripping President Trump of his First Amendment freedoms during the most important months of his campaign against President Biden,” Gregory M. Singer wrote a letter. “The court should reject this transparent gamesmanship.”

The documents that are filed in Federal District Court in Washington was 10 days late after the prosecutors in Jack Smith’s office, which is the special counsel for the case against election interference, has asked Tanya S. Chutkan to issue a limited gag order. Trump. They said the order was intended to limit Mr. Trump’s “near-daily” The threat of social media posts was aimed at limiting the effect on witnesses. in The case and the potential jury for the trial. The trial is scheduled. in Washington starting in March.

The lawyers’ attempt to fight the request has now set up a showdown that will ultimately have to be resolved by Judge Chutkan, an Obama appointee who has herself experienced the impact of Mr. Trump’s menacing words.

A day after former President wrote an online post in August is a saying. “IF YOU GO AFTER ME, I’M COMING AFTER YOU,” A voice mail was left for Judge Chutkan in She was forced to hide in her bedroom by a woman that threatened her life. The woman has been arrested.

Gag Orders limiting what trial participants may say outside the courtroom are common, particularly to limit pretrial publicity. in high-profile cases. But the request to gag M. Trump As he consolidates his position as frontrunner for the Republican Presidential nomination, a political current has been injected into what was an already fraught legal case.

This tension was only heightened by Mr. Trump has placed the election interference case — and the three other criminal indictments he is facing — at the heart of his campaign.

His core political argument — that he is being persecuted, not prosecuted — may be protected in In some ways, the First Amendment has influenced him but it could also lead to a collision with Judge Chutkan. Early in She warned Mr. Trump She said she would take steps to protect the proceedings, and prevent him from intimidating potential jurors or witnesses.

Nearly from the moment Mr. Trump His legal team argued that the prosecution had charged him essentially for expressing opinions about the 2020 election. In new court papers Mr. Singer reiterated those arguments, adding Mr. Trump’s public statements about the case had not intimidated anyone or prejudiced the jury pool.

He also said the government’s proposed gag order was not narrowly tailored, as prosecutors had claimed. He called it “sweepingly broad” You can also find out more about the following: “undefined,” Include any potential witnesses in the case — including those “who are actively waging political campaigns against President Trump.”

“The prosecution would silence President Trump, amid a political campaign where his right to criticize the government is at its zenith, all to avoid a public rebuke of this prosecution,” Mr. Singer wrote.

Mr. Trump It has been a habit for him to attack his enemies in Social media is used in a violent and vivid manner in particular. Now that he’s a defendant and facing four charges in Four cities, his penchant to threaten and bully those in This way of thinking has bumped into the traditional rigidity of the criminal law system.

When they requested the gag order in early February, prosecutors claimed that Mr. Trump Mr. Smith was repeatedly called by this name “deranged” Judge Chutkan “a radical Obama hack” A “biased, Trump-hating judge.”

The report also said that Mr. Trump Mr. Trump has attacked Washington residents who will one day be asked to serve on his jury. In a single post, Mr. Trump He claimed that he could never be heard by those who were living in You can also find out more about the following: “filthy and crime-ridden” He was referring to the city. “is over 95% anti-Trump.”

Mr. Singer played these statements down, saying that they were not as damaging as Mr. Trump You can also read about the following: “never called for any improper or unlawful action” It was clear that his words did not harm anyone.

“Every hearing in this case has gone forward on schedule, without incident,” He wrote. “and there is zero reason to believe that will change due to President Trump’s political expressions.”

Mr. Trump’s legal team also sought to paint the prosecution of the former president as a political attack launched by President Biden — even though the case is being led by Mr. Smith, who was appointed by the Justice Department as an independent prosecutor.

“At bottom, the proposed gag order is nothing more than an obvious attempt by the Biden Administration to unlawfully silence its most prominent political opponent, who has now taken a commanding lead in the polls,” Mr. Singer wrote.