Gag Order Hearing Could Jail Trump for 30 Days

( Former US President and prospective 2024 Republican Party presidential nominee Donald Trump faces the possibility of serving up to 30 days in jail for allegedly violating a gag order in a case involving alleged payments to adult film actress Stormy Daniels. Prosecutors are seeking to have Trump held in contempt of court—an accusation on which New York Supreme Court Judge Juan Merchan will rule.

On April 23, the court held a hearing on whether Trump violated the gag order, which he has called unconstitutional. The gag order restricts Trump’s ability to publicly comment about witnesses linked to the trial, court staff, or potential jurors.

Trump could face up to 30 days in jail and a $1,000 fine for each violation of the order. Prosecutors allege that Trump has violated the order 10 times, including on social media. However, Merchan did not issue a ruling on the matter during the April 23 hearing.

The trial is centered around accusations that Trump made a so-called “hush money” payment to Daniels to stop her from talking about an alleged affair, which Trump has denied. Trump allegedly made the payment through former attorney Michal Cohen and fraudulently recorded the payment as legal expenses.

Cohen began a three-year prison sentence in 2019 and was released in 2021. Despite the pending gag order situation, Trump said on April 23 that Cohen is a “convicted liar” with no credibility. Trump also called Cohen and Daniels “sleaze bags,” despite both individuals being potential witnesses in the trial.

Trump has said that it would be a great honor to go to jail for speaking the truth, comparing the situation to former South African President and Nobel Peace Prize winner Nelson Mandela.

Trump’s fate as it relates to the gag order remains undecided at the time of this writing, but it appears as though he is unafraid of the potential consequences of his speech. However, his campaign staff may not feel the same, given that jailtime would halt his electoral efforts.

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