Trump Forced To Attend A New Hearing

Gage Skidmore from Surprise, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

( – Monday was the first day of former President Donald Trump’s criminal trial in New York and the prosecutors wasted no time in requesting that the judge fine him after he violated a gag order that blocks him from interfering with possible witnesses. 

Following these requests, Judge Juan Merchan gave Trump’s legal team until Friday to submit a written response while also setting the day for hearing the requests as April 23. 

This is the first time that the former president has gone to trial on criminal charges. The case in New York relates to a hush-money payment made on Trump’s behalf to adult film star Stormy Daniels ahead of the 2016 presidential election in exchange for her remaining quiet about their alleged affair. 

Prosecutors called for the judge to fine Trump, who was seated at the defense table, with $1,000 for each one of his three social media posts from this month where he targeted either Daniels or Michael Cohen, his former lawyer, and fixer who is a key witness in this trial. 

Prosecutor Christopher Conroy has argued that the defendant had clearly exhibited his willingness to flout the other and has attacked the case’s witnesses. He continued by pointing out that in the past he has also attacked the case’s grand jurors. 

According to Merchan’s gag order, Trump is blocked from making public statements regarding the witnesses and their potential testimony. He is also blocked from making any comments about court staff, prosecutors as well as their family members.

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