Trump’s Legal Battle: Manhattan DA Requests Clarification on Gag Order

's : Attorneys for the Manhattan District Attorney have requested a limited gag order from Judge Juan Merchan in the case, two days after former President Donald Trump directed his attention on social media toward the daughter of the judge overseeing his New York hidden money trial.

In this regard, a petition has been filed for clarification. and, in a letter to the judge, ordered that the defendant cease attacking family members right away.

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Donald Trump (Image source: Twitter)

“The stipulation of this Court should be overtly elucidated to encompass the protection of family members affiliated with the Court, the District Attorney, and all other individuals delineated in the Order from March 26,” articulated the correspondence, transmitted to the judge on Thursday.

“Moreover, the Court should admonish the defendant that his recent behavior is contumacious, that is, stubbornly or willfully disobedient, and direct him to cease forthwith,” the communication asserted.

On Tuesday, Merchan issued a restricted gag order barring Trump from making remarks regarding potential witnesses in the litigation, along with jurors, legal representatives, court personnel, and their families. The directive allowed Trump to continue his public discourse concerning both Judge Merchan and .

The ensuing day, Trump vehemently opposed the gag order on his social media platform and reproached Merchan's daughter for a social media posting allegedly not authored by her, as confirmed by a court official.

“So, let me grasp this situation, the Judge's daughter is permitted to disseminate images depicting her ‘dream' of incarcerating me, the Manhattan D.A. is at liberty to disseminate whatever falsehoods about me he desires, the Judge can flout our Laws and Constitution at every juncture, yet I am precluded from addressing the assaults against me,” Trump articulated.

A court official later confirmed that the purported post from the judge's daughter was a “manipulation of an account she long ago abandoned.”

In a correspondence sent on Thursday, prosecutor Joshua Steinglass beseeched Merchan to expound on the gag order in light of Trump's allusion to Merchan's daughter.

“The People posit that the March 26 Order is correctly interpreted to safeguard family members of the Court. Nevertheless, to obviate any ambiguity, this Court should now elucidate or affirm that the Order safeguards family members of the Court, the District Attorney, and all other individuals delineated in the Order,” the correspondence articulated.

Steinglass contended that “several potential witnesses” have voiced “grave apprehension” regarding their safety, and Trump's post could potentially sway the involvement of witnesses preceding the trial scheduled for April 15.

“Namely, potential trial witnesses and potential jurors who are not presently the subject of defendant's vitriol will likely harbor apprehension about themselves and their family members becoming subject to similar assaults,” the letter expounded. “This apprehension is not conjectural: during the preparatory phase for trial, several potential witnesses have already voiced grave concerns to the People about their own safety and that of their family members should they testify against the defendant.”

Trump's defense counsel, Todd Blanche, retorted to the plea by contending that Trump's posts were permitted by the terms of the restricted gag order, which does not explicitly forbid statements concerning Merchan's family.

“The express provisions of the gag order do not encompass the manner contended by the People,” Blanche penned. “Contrary to the insinuation of the People, the Court cannot ‘direct' to take action not mandated by the gag order.”

Trump entered a plea of not guilty to a 34-count indictment last April, which accused him of falsifying business records in connection with a payment facilitated by his then-attorney Michael Cohen to adult film actress Stormy Daniels just days before the 2016 presidential election.

The selection of jurors for the trial is slated to commence on April 15 in New York City. The former president has adamantly refuted all allegations of wrongdoing.

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