Trump’s Bid to Lift ‘Gag Order’ Rejected by New York Appeals Court

President Donald Trump’s bid to have the “gag order” against him lifted has been rejected by the New York Court of Appeals.

The court issued the ruling on Tuesday, citing that “no substantial constitutional question is directly involved.”

The “gag order” was imposed by Democrat Judge Juan Merchan during the so-called “hush money” trail in New York.

Merchan’s order restricts Trump, the presumptive 2024 GOP presidential nominee, from speaking about witnesses and the case.

However, the order has remained in place even though Trump’s trial has concluded.

Trump’s lawyers cited the November presidential election and the first debate against President Joe Biden next week as reasons for the order to be lifted.

Additionally, they note that the First Amendment rights of the 45th president and his supporters are being severely violated by the order.

When Merchan, a Biden donor, refused to lift the gag order, Trump appealed that decision – which the appeals court rejected on Tuesday.

In a statement, Steven Cheung, Trump’s campaign spokesman, said:

“President Trump and his legal team will continue to fight against the unconstitutional Gag Order imposed by Justice Merchan.

“The Gag Order wrongfully silences the leading candidate for President of the United States, President Trump, at the height of his campaign.

“The Gag Order applies only to President Trump and not to any of his political opponents, critics, or even Crooked Joe Biden.

“The Election Interfering Gag Order violates the First Amendment rights of President Trump and all American voters, who have a fundamental right to hear his message,” Cheung added.

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Trump was found “guilty” on all 34 counts in the Democrats’ politically motivated show trial.

The six-week-long trial stemmed from charges brought by George Soros-funded Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg.

Merchan imposed a gag order on Trump before the trial began, barring Trump from making or directing others to make public statements about witnesses with regard to their potential participation or about counsel in the case — other than Bragg — or about court staff, DA staff or family members of staff.

Trump’s team repeatedly appealed the order and was denied.

“We respectfully submit this pre-motion letter requesting that Your Honor terminate the gag order restricting President Trump’s extrajudicial statements,” Todd Blanche, legal counsel for Trump, argued.

“For the reasons set forth below, because the trial has concluded, the stated bases for the gag order no longer exist.”

Blanche said Trump’s legal team disagreed with the “proffered justifications for the gag order” to begin with.

However, Trump’s lawyers note that now the trial is complete, the order should be lifted.

“Now that the trial is concluded, the concerns articulated by the government and the Court do not justify continued restrictions on the First Amendment rights of President Trump—who remains the leading candidate in the 2024 presidential election—and the American people,” Blanche wrote.

Blanche added that the “constitutional mandate for unrestrained campaign advocacy by President Trump is even stronger in light of” comments made by Biden and his campaign, as well as “continued public attacks” by the government’s witnesses like Michael Cohen and Stormy Daniels.

Blanche also cited the first presidential debate on June 27 as a reason the order should be lifted.

A footnote in the letter states, “The defense does not concede that there was ever a valid basis for the gag order and reserves the right to challenge the irreparable First Amendment harms caused by the order.”

Trump was fined $10,000 for violating the gag order during the trial.

Merchan also threatened Trump with jail time for further alleged violations.

“The last thing I want to consider is jail,” Merchan said.

“You are [the] former president and possibly the next president.”

“The magnitude of that decision is not lost on me,” Merchan said.

“Your continued willful violation of the court’s order…constitutes a direct attack…and will not be allowed to continue…

“It is not allowed to continue.”

Trump and his defense attorneys have maintained that the 45th POTUS should not be bound by the gag order, saying it violates his First Amendment rights as well as the First Amendment rights of his supporters.

Trump’s sentencing date is set for July 11 — just four days before the Republican National Convention in Milwaukee.

During the event, Trump is expected to be formally nominated as the 2024 Republican presidential nominee.

Merchan is widely expected to throw the book at Trump during the hearing.

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By Frank Bergman

Frank Bergman is a political/economic journalist living on the east coast. Aside from news reporting, Bergman also conducts interviews with researchers and material experts and investigates influential individuals and organizations in the sociopolitical world.

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