Donald Trump May Have Broken His Gag Order Again

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Donald Trump’s New York criminal trial took an unexpected turn as legal analysts pointed out potential violations of his court-ordered gag order.

As reported by Newsweek on Wednesday, May 15, 2024, reports surfaced that Trump may have skirted the order by having supporters speak on his behalf outside the courtroom.

According to several media outlets, Trump wrote notes to his political allies, instructing them on what to say to the press during his trial for falsifying business records related to hush money paid to adult film actress Stormy Daniels before the 2016 election.

This move could constitute a breach of the gag order, which prohibits Trump from discussing the jury or potential witnesses.

David R. Lurie, a New York attorney, voiced concerns on X, suggesting that the notes passed by Trump could serve as evidence of gag order violations.

Lurie highlighted that such notes are not privileged documents and could reflect what Trump’s allies conveyed to the press, potentially violating the court’s order.

Trump, the presumed 2024 Republican presidential nominee, has repeatedly clashed with the court over the gag order.

Justice Juan Merchan, overseeing the trial, fined Trump $1,000 for the tenth time for contempt of court due to previous gag order violations. Merchan warned that future infractions could result in jail time for the former president.

Trump’s previous violations of the gag order included criticisms of jurors’ alleged bias toward him and disparaging remarks about witnesses, including Stormy Daniels and his former lawyer Michael Cohen.

Senator Tommy Tuberville of Alabama, a staunch Trump ally, called on fellow Republicans to support Trump in overcoming the gag order.

Tuberville’s call came after he and other GOP senators, including J.D. Vance and Rick Scott, attended Trump’s trial on Monday.

Tuberville stated on Newsmax that they went to “speak our piece for President Trump” and urged more lawmakers to join in.

Vance echoed Tuberville’s sentiment, criticizing the trial and calling it a “sham” and “witch hunt” orchestrated to influence the 2024 election.

Vance’s comments raised eyebrows as they paralleled Trump’s rhetoric, indicating a unified front against the trial’s legitimacy.

However, had Trump made such statements himself, it would likely be considered a violation of the gag order, given that Cohen, a central witness, is involved in the case.

Newsweek reached out to Trump’s attorney and the offices of Tuberville, Vance, and Scott for comment on the matter, but there has been no response as of yet.

The trial continues to draw attention as Trump navigates legal challenges while maintaining political support from key allies.

The allegations of breaking the gag order add another layer of complexity to an already contentious legal battle.

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