Trump finds new methods to get round hush cash case gag order and assault decide’s daughter | EUROtoday

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Former president Donald Trump has discovered new methods to push the envelope in criticising Judge Juan Merchan’s daughter and different components of the New York felony trial he deems “unfair” – even after the gag order was prolonged within the case.

On Monday, Judge Merchan expanded the gag order to incorporate members of the family of the court docket workers after Mr Trump attacked the decide’s daughter Loren Merchan, who has labored on Democratic campaigns.

The order now prevents Mr Trump from publicly commenting about witnesses, prosecutors, court docket workers, jurors and now the household of court docket workers to stop any hurt to the trial which is slated to start 15 April.

But on social media, the previous president has discovered methods to skirt the order by sharing his opinions in different methods: by re-posting clips of others criticising Ms Merchan and utilizing obscure language in his personal posts.

Just sooner or later after the brand new gag order was imposed, Mr Trump wrote on Truth Social: “I just was informed that another corrupt New York Judge, Juan Merchan, GAGGED me so that I can not talk about the corruption and conflicts taking place in his courtroom.”

The former president additionally posted a clip from Fox News the place host Brian Kilmeade claimed Judge Merchan’s daughter is “a[n] activist who works for Kamala Harris” and purported that she might have posted a photograph on “a website” of Mr Trump behind bars.

Mr Kilmeade insinuated the connection may damage the integrity of the case. He additionally referred to as it “outrageous” {that a} prosecutor on the case knew President Joe Biden whereas working within the Department of Justice (DoJ).

Mr Trump’s authorized staff additionally hit out at Ms Merchan in a movement requesting Judge Merchan be recused from the case – citing her job as a battle of curiosity that may make it troublesome for the decide to preside over the case impartially.

Judge Juan Merchan may turn out to be the primary decide ever to supervise a former U.S. president’s felony trial


It is unclear if re-posting the Fox News clip or utilizing obscure language about “courtroom corruption” violates the gag order, although Mr Trump didn’t make the feedback himself.

But utilizing loopholes to discredit the folks concerned in a trial is a tactic Mr Trump has invoked earlier than and can possible proceed doing.

During his New York civil fraud case, Mr Trump attacked the authorized clerk of the decide overseeing the case resulting in a gag order.

The former president then violated that gag order through the use of obscure language to assault the authorized clerk on Truth Social. He referred to her as “a person who is very partisan sitting alongside” the decide.

When confronted by the decide within the courtroom, Mr Trump claimed he was referring to his former lawyer Michael Cohen. The decide discovered that argument not credible and he was hit with a monetary penalty.