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Trump faces renewed contempt charge for breaking gag order, risks jail time

Former‍ President Donald Trump was fined⁢ $1,000 for breaking a⁤ gag ⁤order in ⁣his New York hush money trial. The judge ⁣warned of‌ potential jail time for future violations. Trump had already been​ fined‍ $9,000 for nine breaches cited by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg. Trump⁤ intends to challenge the ruling. Former President Donald Trump was penalized $1,000 for violating a gag order in his New York hush money trial, ⁤with the judge ⁢cautioning‌ about possible imprisonment for subsequent violations. Priorly, ⁢Trump faced $9,000 fines for nine ​infractions highlighted by Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg. Trump plans⁣ to contest the ruling.


A judge fined former President Donald Trump an additional $1,000 on Monday for violating the gag order in his New York hush money trial, prompting the judge to warn future violations may result in incarceration.

Trump was already fined $9,000 for nine separate violations raised by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s office, and the former president has vowed to appeal Judge Juan Merchan’s findings — especially surrounding breaches that were the result of Trump reposting other people’s online posts. Trump, the first former president to be a defendant in a criminal trial, was previously warned that future violations could result in jail time.

Former President Donald Trump speaks to the media outside the Manhattan Criminal Court room during his trial on Friday, May 3, 2024, in New York. (Mark Peterson/Pool Photo via AP)

In the new contempt finding against Trump, Merchan again warned Trump that he is “hereby put on notice that if appropriate and warranted, future violations of its lawful orders will be punishable by incarceration,” according to the order.

A new witness is slated to take the stand in the criminal hush money trial on Monday. Trump’s former aide Hope Hicks testified Friday about the fallout from the Access Hollywood tape released during his 2016 campaign and the Trump White House’s response to new stories about hush money payments to porn star Stormy Daniels and model Karen McDougal that had been made during the campaign.

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Prosecutors in the Democratic district attorney’s office said Trump took part in an illegal conspiracy to undermine the 2016 election and hatched an unlawful plan to suppress negative information, which included a $130,000 hush money payment handled by his former attorney, Michael Cohen. Defense attorneys have argued that Trump was not directly involved in structuring the payments and have noted that suppressing negative information is not illegal.

Trump has pleaded not guilty to the 34 counts of falsifying business records.



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