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A New York judge is laying down the law to former President Donald Trump in terms of what Trump is allowed to say about his criminal case in Manhattan.
New York State Supreme Court Judge Juan Merchan agreed with a request from the office of Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg by limiting what Trump can publicly say about evidence that the prosecution shares with the defense prior to Trump’s trial, according to ABC.
The order said that “any person who receives the Covered Materials shall not copy, disseminate, or disclose the Covered Materials, in any form or by any means, to any third party including, but not limited to, by disseminating or posting the Covered Materials to any news or social media platforms, including, but not limited, to Truth Social, Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, Twitter, Snapchat, or YouTube, without prior approval from the Court.”
Merchan noted last week that with Trump a candidate for the Republican nomination for president in 2024, he is not banning Trump from all comments about the case, which alleges Trump falsified business records in 2016 to assist with his candidacy for the White House, according to ABC.
“I’m straining to give him every opportunity to make his candidacy. This is not a gag order,” he said.
Trump will be required to attend a virtual hearing where the order will be read to him. The prosecutors said the idea of the virtual hearing, to which Merchan agreed, was to ensure Trump understands the order.
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