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New York judge in hush money case slaps Trump with partial gag order

The New York judge presiding over Donald Trump's trial over alleged hush money payments to a porn star slapped a partial gag order on the former president on Tuesday.

Judge Juan Merchan ordered Trump not to publicly attack potential witnesses, prosecutors, court staff, their families or prospective jurors.

The move came just hours after Trump lashed out at the judge and his daughter in a series of posts on Truth Social.

Trump described Merchan as a "true and certified Trump hater who suffers from a very serious case of Trump Derangement Syndrome."

"In other words, he hates me," Trump said. "Judge Merchan should recuse himself, he cannot give me a fair trial."

The former Republican president also said Merchan's daughter is "a senior executive at a Super Liberal Democrat firm."

Merchan is the third judge overseeing a case against Trump to issue a partial gag order.

Judge Arthur Engoron, who presided over a business fraud case in New York that resulted in a $454 million fine for Trump, also issued a partial gag order.

So did District Judge Tanya Chutkan in Washington, who is overseeing the federal case against Trump on charges of seeking to overturn the 2020 election results.

'Threatening, inflammatory'

In his order Tuesday, Merchan noted that Trump had a history of making public statements which were "threatening, inflammatory, denigrating."

(AFP)


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