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Judge threatens to jail Trump over violating gag order

Judge threatens to jail Trump over violating gag order

Donald Trump, former U.S. president, has received a stern warning from Judge Juan Merchan regarding a potential violation of a gag order, with implications of possible imprisonment. 

Judge Merchan expressed his concern directly to Trump, emphasizing that such actions constitute an assault on the rule of law. 

This warning comes in light of Trump's reported breach of the order prohibiting him from attacking jurors, marking the second instance within two weeks, as per The New York Times.

“Because this is now the tenth time that this Court has found defendant in criminal contempt, spanning three separate motions, it is apparent that monetary fines have not and will not, suffice to deter defendant from violating this Court’s lawful orders,” Merchan wrote in his order. “Defendant is hereby put on notice that if appropriate and unwarranted future violations of its lawful orders will be punishable by incarceration.”

Prosecutors from the Manhattan District Attorney's office have charged 77-year-old Trump with 34 felonies, alleging his involvement in falsifying business records related to reimbursements. 

They accused the former president of instructing his company to categorize the payments as "legal expenses" from a non-existent retainer agreement. 

Trump, denying the charges and allegations of an affair with Stormy Daniels, faces probation or up to four years in prison if convicted. 

Another former employee of Trump's company was under scrutiny when prosecutors disclosed the payments central to the case. 

The revelation involved reimbursing Trump's longtime fixer, Michael Cohen, for hushing a porn star who claimed a sexual encounter with Trump. 

Trump Organization's accounts payable supervisor admitted to sending checks to Trump at the White House for signature. 

Corporate controller Jeffrey McConney testified that most reimbursement money came from Trump's personal bank account during his presidency.

McConney acknowledged 11 invoices aimed at concealing the porn star payment during the 2016 campaign. Trump's lawyer, in cross-examination, aimed to separate Trump from the company's financial record-keeping

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