Gag order fine against Trump slows him down

November 3, 2023

Former President Donald Trump appears to have become more careful in his statements following two gag order violation fines.

The fines in his New York fraud cases now total $15,000, along with the threat of possible jail time if he continues.

The issue

"This past week, Donald Trump was fined for violating a gag order put in place to stop him from targeting court personnel in the New York civil fraud trial against the Trump Organization," Slate reported.

"Engoron ruled that Trump was not a credible witness, that Trump’s statements were in reference to a court clerk he had previously targeted, and that Trump owed the court $10,000 on top of a previous $5,000 fine for violating the same order," it continued.

Jail next?

"Don't do it again or it'll be worse," Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Arthur Engoron warned.

"Since Oct. 3, Trump has been under a gag order, forbidding any statements about court staff after the former president smeared Engoron's law clerk Allison Greenfield on Truth Social," the Messenger reported.

Other cases, too

"On Sunday, Chutkan, who has been overseeing the case regarding Trump’s alleged attempts to overturn the 2020 election in Washington, DC, reinstated a narrow version of the gag order that would bar the former president from making “public comments targeting prosecutors, court staff and potential witnesses,” according to the Associated Press.

“But Chutkan agreed to reinstate the order after prosecutors cited Trump’s recent social media comments about his former chief of staff they said represented an attempt to influence and intimidate a likely witness in the case,” it added.

Trump has argued that the new gag order won't stand, but for now, faces the situation in two of his court battles. He also faces additional cases in Georgia and Florida.

The former president has said that he is willing to go to jail if necessary, though the move could be costly for his campaign.

So far, Trump has remained high above GOP contenders in primary polls, setting up a likely rematch with President Joe Biden next year in a controversial comeback bid.

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