On Thursday, April 4, 2024, The Hill reported that former President Donald Trump appeared to test the boundaries of a gag order limiting his public comments about his ongoing criminal trial in New York.

According to the article, Judge Juan Merchan had expanded a previous gag order on Monday to prevent Trump from discussing not only court employees and witnesses but also the judge’s family. This came after Trump made critical remarks about Merchan’s daughter, Loren.

However, on Wednesday, Trump shared three articles on his Truth Social account that again criticized Merchan and his family. Two of the articles, written by conservative activist Laura Loomer, suggested Merchan was biased in the case due to his wife and daughter’s legal work with Democratic political organizations.

The third article by commentator Gregg Jarrett argued Judge Merchan “harbors a contempt for the rule of law.” None of the articles were directly endorsed by additional comments from Trump on his social media.

The report detailed how Trump is facing 34 felony counts of falsifying business records related to alleged hush money payments made in 2016 to porn actress Stormy Daniels. His criminal trial in the high-profile case is scheduled to begin on April 15th.

While Trump did not author any new statements himself, sharing the critical articles openly on Truth Social raised questions about whether he was respecting Merchan’s expanded gag order. Trump has openly called for Merchan to recuse himself from the case and for all charges to be dismissed, showing his disagreement with the judge’s handling of the proceedings.

The Manhattan District Attorney’s office and Trump’s legal team declined to provide comments to The Hill about the potential implications of Trump’s social media activity in light of the gag order restrictions placed on him discussing the ongoing trial.



Source: The Hill