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  • Writer's pictureJanuary 6th News

Trump Found in Contempt Over Violated Gag Order

On Tuesday, the judge presiding over Donald J. Trump's criminal case in Manhattan found him in contempt of court, imposing a $9,000 fine for his repeated breaches of a gag order. The judge warned the former president of potential jail time should he continue to malign witnesses and jurors involved in the trial.

Former President Donald Trump at his trial.

Judge Juan M. Merchan emphasized the seriousness of adherence to court orders, stating, "The court will not tolerate continued willful violations of its lawful orders." He acknowledged Trump's First Amendment rights but made it clear that imprisonment could be an option if Trump persisted in his actions.

This development heightened tensions at the trial, where three new witnesses testified, including Keith Davidson, a lawyer who represented Stormy Daniels. Davidson's testimony centered on a $130,000 payment made to Daniels, intended to prevent her from publicizing a claimed sexual encounter with Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Davidson also discussed his previous client, Karen McDougal, a Playboy model who alleged an affair with Trump in 2006. He detailed negotiations with The National Enquirer to suppress her story, enhancing the narrative of a covert strategy to aid Trump's presidential run.

In his testimony, Davidson revealed text exchanges from 2016, wherein he described an urgent need to secure payment from The National Enquirer to prevent McDougal's story from leaking to other news outlets. These texts provided a vivid backdrop to the day's proceedings, showcasing the legal and ethical complexities at play.

The trial has presented a broad spectrum of evidence against Trump, including live testimonies, provocative texts, and video content from Trump's campaign events. This evidence collectively aims to depict Trump as engaged in criminal activities.

The judge's recent decision to hold Trump in contempt followed his review of nine specific statements Trump made, which violated the gag order by attacking the jury and key witnesses, such as Michael Cohen, Trump's former attorney. The court demanded the removal of these statements from public view.

Trump's legal team defended his actions, arguing that they were political responses to attacks from adversaries. However, the judge mostly dismissed these arguments, maintaining that the gag order's purpose was to shield the integrity of the trial, not to restrict legitimate political discourse.

As the trial continues, with Trump facing up to four years in prison if convicted, the courtroom drama underscores the intense scrutiny and historic nature of the proceedings against a former American president.



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