Judge threatens Donald Trump with jail if he violates terms of release

 August 5, 2023

Former President Donald Trump was charged by Special Counsel Jack Smith last week with what some legal scholars have suggested are merely "thought crimes" related to the 2020 election. 

At his arraignment last Thursday, the judge overseeing the case threatened that the former president could be "held pending trial" if he violates any of the conditions of his release.

The conditions were agreed upon by both the prosecution and Trump's legal team.

The former president now faces over 70 total charges in three indictments, with two of them federal and one state indictment out of New York.

Judge threatens jail

Magistrate Judge Moxila A. Upadhyaya made clear that any violations of his release could result in a jail stint before the trial, though such a scenario is extremely difficult to imagine.

ABC News reported that the judge said Trump "must not violate federal or state laws; he must appear in court as required; he must sign an appearance bond; and he must not communicate about the facts of the case with anyone Trump knows to be a witness, except through counsel or in presence of counsel."

"It is a crime to try to influence a juror or to threaten or attempt to bribe a witness or any other person who may have information about your case, or to retaliate against anyone for providing information about your case to the prosecution, or to otherwise obstruct the administration of justice," the judge said at Trump's arraignment.

"Do you understand these warnings and consequences, sir?" he added.

Trump acknowledged the judge's terms before leaving the courthouse.

Social media reacts

Many suggested that Trump being held in jail, or being sentenced to prison, could be one of the most beneficial fundraising tools imaginable, given his massive base of loyal support, who've turned even sourer regarding the seeming weaponization of the Justice Department.

"If they try to lock him up it will become the greatest campaign fundraiser the US will ever see," one X user wrote.

Another X user wrote, "They fear him so much. These elites threatened by a man who speaks for the people and had exposed the powerful as no nothings and self serving."

Only time will tell if Trump ends up behind bars in connection with the indictments he faces, but most of those who support him don't seem worried about it, whatsoever.

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