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The Daily BeastMay 24, 2024
Special Counsel Seeks Gag Order Over Trump's ‘Locked & Loaded' Claim
Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post via Getty Images Prosecutors in Donald Trump's classified documents case have asked U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon to impose a gag order on the indicted former president after he falsely told his supporters that federal agents were prepared to kill him.

Trump's false accusation—that FBI agents were "authorized to shoot me" and were "locked & loaded ready to take me out & put my family in danger" when they executed the search warrant at Mar-a-Lago in August 2022—was propagated by many Republicans. The FBI, Attorney General Merrick Garland, and several reporters noted that that was a misrepresentation of a basic policy statement, with the same language having been in effect when the agency searched Biden's Delaware home for classified documents.

Prosecutors urged Cannon to bar Trump from making public statements that "pose a significant, imminent, and foreseeable danger to law enforcement agents."

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The Daily BeastMay 24, 2024
Opinion: MAGA's Lies About a Deep State Conspiracy to Assassinate Trump Will Endure
Photo Illustration by Erin O'Flynn/The Daily Beast/Getty ImagesA lie travels halfway around the world before the truth gets its boots on. And that was before Twitter (X) came along—which explains why the canard that there was an "assassination attempt" on Donald Trump—spread like wildfire.

It all started when self-described conspiracy theorist Julie Kelly flagged a newly unsealed FBI document authorizing officers to use "deadly force" when searching Mar-a-Lago. And then, a lie that started in the fever swamps quickly made its way into mainstream conservative media, as well as the social media platforms of prominent Republicans.

Attorney General "Merrick Garland basically issued a kill order for President Trump," tweeted Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene. For his part, Trump claimed that "Joe Biden was lo

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