Trump continues to post about iundictment on social media after warning from judge

 April 6, 2023

Former President Donald Trump is ignoring a warning from New York Supreme Court Judge Juan Merchan that he should not post on social media about his indictment on 34 counts of falsifying business records.

“Alvin Bragg shut down New York City, brought in 38,000 NYPD officers, and will spend an estimated $200,000,000 of NYC funds, for a totally legal $130,000 NDA. On top of all that, the 9th Circuit Court just awarded me $122,000 — over the $500,000 already awarded, from Stormy ‘Horseface’ Daniels!” Trump posted on Truth Social.

The issue of Trump's posts was raised by assistant district attorney Chris Conroy, who presented the charges at the arraignment. Conroy brought up a previous post by Trump that depicted himself wielding a baseball bat next to a photo of Bragg, and warned of "death and destruction" over the case against him.

Conroy said he believed the posts cause “significant concern" about the "relative safety of jurors and witnesses and on the process.”

No gag order--yet

But Trump is not under a gag order from the judge, and has continued to post about the indictment, which he believes is completely political and unfair.

The judge only said that both sides should "refrain from making statements that are likely to incite violence and civil unrest." A gag order could be forthcoming if either side does not follow the judge's instructions, however.

After the arraignment, Trump immediately accused Bragg of leaking information about the indictment to the press, something he says is illegal.

“Wow! District Attorney Bragg just illegally LEAKED the various points, and complete information, on the pathetic Indictment against me. I know the reporter and so, unfortunately, does he. This means that he MUST BE IMMEDIATELY INDICTED,” Trump said. “Now, if he wants to really clean up his reputation, he will do the honorable thing and, as District Attorney, INDICT HIMSELF. He will go down in Judicial history, and his Trump Hating wife will be, I am sure, very proud of him!”

"Frustrated and upset"

The two sides are working on an agreement to prevent Trump from sharing discovery materials online after prosecutors asked the judge for a protective order to stop him from doing so, Axios reported.

Trump's attorney Todd Blanche said that his client was "frustrated and upset and believed there was injustice," and defended Trump's posts as free speech.

But the judge countered, "I don't share your view that certain language is justified by frustration."

The irony

Bragg's indictment specifically mentions an attempt to influence the 2016 election as the motivation for Trump's alleged crimes.

“The defendant, Donald J. Trump, falsified New York business records in order to conceal an illegal conspiracy to undermine the integrity of the 2016 presidential election and other violations of election laws,” Conroy said.

But isn't that ironic given that the indictment itself will influence the 2024 election? Bragg is essentially doing the same thing he accuses Trump of doing, but will get away with it because in New York, the deck is stacked against Trump and Republicans.

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