Trump Gets Forced To Delete What?

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( – Former President Donald Trump has been made to remove the social media posts that Judge Juan Merchan had found to violate a gag order in his criminal hush money trial before the deadline on Tuesday. 

Early on Tuesday, Judge Juan Merchan had fined Trump $9,000 finding him to be in contempt of the gag order that he had previously imposed nine times. All cases relate to Trump using his social media platform Truth Social to attack prospective jurors and prospective case witnesses. Merchan pointed out that if Trump was found to be in violation of the gag order again it could lead to him facing jail time. 

In his ruling Merchan wrote that this is an official warning to the defendant that the Court would not tolerate any willful violations of its lawful orders and that if necessary and appropriate they would impose incarceration as punishment.

Trump was given a deadline by which he needed to remove the posts in question. The nine posts, most of which had been reports of posts by other online figures, had included attacks against jurors and witnesses Stormy Daniels and Michael Cohen. Merchan noted that one of the posts in question, which had been a repost of a post by Michael Avenatti had not been a violation of the gag order and would be allowed to continue being online. 

Trump has repeatedly slammed the gag order arguing that it is too limiting and that it blocks him from speaking about anyone related to the case. The New York case relates to a hush money payment made to Daniels on behalf of the former President ahead of the 2016 presidential election to keep her quiet about their alleged affair. 

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