May 24, 2024
Prosecutors want judge to fine Trump $3K, hold him in 'contempt of court' for alleged breaches of gag order


Prosecutors on Tuesday urged the judge in Donald Trump’s hush money trial to fine the ex-president $3,000 — and warn him that he could be locked up — for allegedly breaching a gag order by disparaging witnesses in the case.

In a court filing, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office asked Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Juan Merchan to hold Trump in contempt for taking shots at his ex-fixer Michael Cohen and the porn star Stormy Daniels on social media over the weekend.

Trump, 77, was ordered to follow the limited gag order in March barring him from slamming expected trial witnesses, such as Cohen and Daniels.

He’s still allowed to bash Merchan and Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg — but is barred from ripping their families, according to the order.

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg's re-election campaign has collected $850,000 in donations since he indicted former President Donald Trump.
Bragg’s office urged Justice Merchan Tuesday to fine Donald Trump $3,000. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File Photo

In one of his posts, Trump shared a 2018 statement from Daniels, in which she denied the two had sex, and falsely claimed that the statement was new.

Daniels has repeatedly said that she was coerced into writing the statement, and has called her alleged tryst with Trump “the worst 90 seconds of my life.”

Trump is charged with fudging business records to hide a payment from Cohen to Daniels that aimed to bury her claims about her alleged affair with the then-candidate in the lead up to the 2016 election.

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Prosecutors want Merchan to fine Trump $3,000 for three alleged gag order breaches — and warn the ex-president that he could face up to 30 days in jail if he flouts the court order again, Tuesday’s court filing says.

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Trump’s lawyers are expected to file their own court papers and Merchan has scheduled a hearing on the issue for next Tuesday at 9:30 a.m.

Trump in court for the firs day of his New York "hush money" trial on April 15, 2024.
Trump’s criminal trial kicked off on Monday. ANGELA WEISS/POOL/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

Trump has also railed against the gag order repeatedly online.

 “Take off the Gag Order!!!” he wrote in a Truth Social post Tuesday morning.


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