Appeals court rejects Trump bid to review gag order in D.C. case | 23 Jan 2024 | The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday denied a request from former President Donald Trump to review a gag order against him en banc after a three-judge panel of the court upheld it. In light of the full court's refusal to rehear the matter, the Trump team will likely next appeal to the Supreme Court, The Hill noted. U.S. District Court Judge Tanya Chutkan in October imposed the gag order against Trump as part of special counsel Jack Smith's D.C. election case against him, stating, "This is about language that presents a danger to the administration of justice." The three-judge panel of the appeals court in December upheld the order, but narrowed its scope to only prevent Trump from discussing "known or reasonably foreseeable witnesses concerning their potential participation in the investigation or in this criminal proceeding."