US Magistrate Judge Moxila Upadhyaya, who presided over President Trump’s court appearance on Thursday in regards to Jack Smith’s January 6th case, issued a warning against witness tampering as part of the release conditions.
The charges brought forth by Smith contain allegations that have been widely viewed as an effort to falsely accuse President Trump of crimes, while attempting to silence free speech rights and disregarding due process.
Former Congresswoman Liz Cheney has publicly stated that the witness in question did not take Trump’s call and instead informed their lawyer about the attempted conversation.
This latest attempt to indict the former president is another example of political bias within a chaotic judicial system.
“After our last hearing. President Trump tried to call a witness in our investigation. A witness you have not yet seen in these hearings,” Cheney said last year.
“That person declined to answer or respond to President Trump’s call and instead alerted their lawyer to the call. Their lawyer alerted us. And this committee has supplied that information to the Department of Justice,” Cheney added.
“Let me say one more time, we will take any effort to influence witness testimony very seriously,” she warned.
On Thursday, Judge Upadhyaya issued a warning to President Trump regarding the potential consequences of attempting to bribe or influence witnesses in relation to the January 6 Committee.
The judge reminded Trump that any violation of his release conditions could result in an arrest warrant being issued.
Judge Upadhyaya informed Trump that if he violates the conditions of his release, an arrest warrant can be issued for him and he could be detained (a normal part of arraignments). @MSNBC
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) August 3, 2023