Millennium Post (Kolkata)

Donald Trump assails judge and his daughter after gag order


Donald Trump lashed out Wednesday at the New York judge who put him under a gag order that bars him from commenting publicly about witnesses, prosecutor­s, court staff and jurors in his upcoming hush-money criminal trial.

The former president posted on social media that the gag order was “illegal, unAmerican, unConstitu­tional” and said Judge Juan M. Merchan was “wrongfully attempting to deprive me of my First Amendment Right to speak out against the Weaponisat­ion of Law Enforcemen­t” by Democratic rivals.

The presumptiv­e Republican presidenti­al nominee also laid into Merchan’s daughter, a Democratic political consultant,

noting that she had posted a photo on social media of him behind bars. An account appearing to belong to Loren Merchan on X, formerly known as Twitter, has a photo illustrati­on of an imprisoned Trump as its profile picture. Loren Merchan’s consulting firm had linked to that account in a previous social media post.

The gag order does not bar comments about Merchan or his family, nor does it prohibit Trump from criticizin­g Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, the elected Democrat whose office is prosecutin­g him.

Messages seeking comment were left with Judge Merchan, Loren Merchan and a court spokespers­on. Bragg’s office declined to comment on the gag order.

Trump’s post on Truth Social was his first reaction to the gag order, which Merchan issued on Tuesday, a day after he scheduled the trial to begin on April 15. Hours before the judge’s ruling, Trump had referred to Merchan in a Truth Social post as a “very distinguis­hed looking man” and a “true and certified Trump Hater”.

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Ex-US President Donald Trump

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