Judge: President Can't Block Critics on Twitter

In this May 16, 2018 file photo, President Donald Trump listens to a question during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. Photo: AP/ Evan Vucci
In this May 16, 2018 file photo, President Donald Trump listens to a question during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington.

May 23, 2018 12:50 PM

A federal judge in New York says President Donald Trump violates the First Amendment by blocking critics on Twitter for political speech.

Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald in Manhattan issued the written decision Wednesday.

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In a ruling, she said no government official - including the president - is above the law.

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The case was brought last July by the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University and seven individuals blocked by Trump after criticizing the Republican president.

After a hearing this year, the judge had suggested that Trump mute rather than block some of his critics. At the time, a Justice Department attorney agreed that muting would enable Trump to avoid a tweet he doesn't want to read.

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