Judge’s rare media appearance on Trump gag order sparks controversy

A sitting federal judge in Washington, D.C., appeared on television Thursday night to opine on former President Donald Trump, an extraordinary move that prompted backlash from some who felt it crossed an ethical boundary.

Judge Reggie Walton, an appointee of former President George W. Bush, spoke on CNN about comments Trump has made in recent days on the daughter of a judge who is overseeing Trump’s hush money case in New York.

“It’s very disconcerting to have someone making comments about a judge, and it’s particularly problematic when those comments are in the form of a threat, especially if they’re directed at one’s family,” Walton said.

Walton’s interview was particularly unusual because Trump is also facing criminal charges in Washington, Walton’s district, and Walton has overseen cases related to the Jan. 6 Capitol riot that have parallels to Trump’s
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