Judge Advises Trump Lawyer to Exercise Caution in Request for Pre-approval of Truth Social Posts

Donald Trump continues to face repercussions for his online posts, with contempt charges amounting to $9,000. These charges stem from his violation of the gag order in his criminal trial in Manhattan, as he targeted jurors and witnesses. In an attempt to avoid further legal consequences, Trump’s defense team recently adopted an unconventional strategy. They asked the judge if they could review and approve Trump’s posts on Truth Social before he publishes them, in order to prevent any future violations. This request was made following a contempt hearing on Thursday morning.

Susan Necheles, the criminal defense attorney representing Trump in the hush money case, approached Judge Juan Merchan on Thursday afternoon and expressed her client’s desire to share articles about the trial. However, there is uncertainty regarding whether this is permissible.

According to NBC News, Necheles mentioned that these articles are the ones that former President Trump would like to share on his Truth Social platform, but they delve into this particular case.

According to Necheles, she believes that the articles are acceptable, but she also points out that there is some ambiguity in the gag order.

The argument did not convince either the prosecution or the judge.

According to CNN, Chris Conroy from the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office found the request to be “odd.” Meanwhile, Merchan responded diplomatically, expressing his appreciation for the attention but clarifying that he has no interest in becoming Trump’s social media editor.

He advised Trump’s defense counsel to stay away if they were unsure. According to him, there is no room for confusion in the gag order.

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