Manhattan DA Moves to Hold Trump in Contempt of Court Over Gag Order Violations

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Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg filed a motion Tuesday to hold former President Trump in contempt of court, alleging he breached the gag order by posting on social media about two key witnesses in his criminal trial — Michael Cohen and Stormy Daniels.

Trump’s Violations of Gag Order

Bragg is urging Manhattan Judge Juan Merchan to take action against Trump for violating the gag order imposed last month. The order restricts Trump from making public statements about witnesses, counsel, court staff, or potential jurors.

During the trial’s start, prosecutors argued that Trump violated the order three times on social media. Bragg’s team identified these instances and suggested a $3,000 fine for the breaches.

Breached Statements

One post highlighted by Bragg’s office involved Trump reposting a statement from Michael Avenatti, Daniels’ former lawyer, criticizing the gag order. Trump added his commentary, thanking Avenatti for exposing what he deemed as falsehoods.

Another instance pointed out was Trump sharing a document titled “Official Statement of Stormy Daniels,” prompting speculation and commentary from Trump about its implications.

Call for Action

Bragg’s motion to dismiss the case against former President Donald Trump references Trump’s criticism of former Manhattan prosecutor Mark Pomerantz. Trump’s remarks questioned the fairness of the legal proceedings, drawing attention to past legal actions against Cohen and Pomerantz.

Pomerantz, who led the DA’s investigation of Trump, resigned in February 2022 following Bragg’s decision not to green-light criminal charges against the former president.

In his resignation letter, Pomerantz criticized Bragg for refusing to charge Trump, claiming he had a strong case against him. The controversy surrounding Pomerantz’s book, “People vs. Donald Trump,” has complicated any future criminal case against Trump, as it provides ammunition for Trump’s defense by casting doubt on Pomerantz’s credibility as a potential witness

Potential Consequences

Bragg’s team asserts that mere fines might not deter Trump from further violations. They propose a warning from the court, indicating that future breaches could lead to additional fines or even a 30-day incarceration.

In conclusion, Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg seeks judicial intervention to enforce the gag order and prevent further disruptions to the trial proceedings.

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