On Tuesday, April 30, 2024, The Hill reported that former President Donald Trump had deleted nine social media posts from his Truth Social account and campaign website that were found to violate a gag order in his ongoing criminal trial in New York.

Judge Juan Merchan had issued the expanded gag order earlier, barring Trump from attacking witnesses, prosecutors and court staff related to the case on his platforms. However, Trump had made multiple posts in recent weeks criticizing figures involved in the trial, such as his former lawyer Michael Cohen and adult film actress Stormy Daniels.

This prompted Judge Merchan to fine Trump $9,000 and hold him in contempt of court nine separate times on Tuesday morning. In his ruling, the Judge warned Trump that further violations could result in jail time. Trump was given a deadline of 2:15 pm EDT to remove the posts that breached the gag order.

The nine posts deleted included reposts criticizing Cohen and Daniels’ credibility, as well as a post disparaging potential jurors in the trial as “liberal activists.” However, one post re-sharing comments by attorney Michael Avenatti criticizing Daniels and Cohen was deemed not to violate the order.

Trump’s ongoing criminal trial in New York concerns allegations that he paid hush money to Stormy Daniels ahead of the 2016 election to influence the presidential outcome. If convicted, Trump could face fines and jail time. His defense team has maintained the case is a politically motivated sham.

The trial resumed on Thursday following Trump’s deletion of the posts. It is projected to last around a month, making it the first criminal trial of a former American president in history.



Source: The Hill