Trump Appeals Gag Order to New York’s Highest Court

( – Lawyers for former President Donald Trump are appealing a gag order imposed by New York Judge Juan Merchan forbidding Trump from speaking dirty-but-true details about witnesses like Michael Cohen and Merchan’s daughter, Loren.

Trump has repeatedly decried his former lawyer Michael Cohen as a liar. Cohen turned on Trump and has been cooperating with Biden’s Department of Justice in its legal efforts to prosecute the former president. Cohen’s testimony has been crucial in maintaining the New York case against Trump over payments made to Stormy Daniels for a non-disclosure agreement.

Loren Merchan has done fundraising for the Democrats, including work she did for Joe Biden’s 2020 campaign. She’s also used the case as agitprop in fundraising emails for two Democrat clients who subsequently raised a whopping $93 million in donations. Judge Merchan was also caught making illicit donations to Democrats despite standing rules that judges avoid making political donations to maintain the appearance of impartiality.

A New York judicial ethics committee found no conflicts of interest despite the obvious appearance of bias. Some have suggested that Merchan is a Democrat operative first and a judge second.

Law professor Jonathan Turley has suggested the indictment is legal necromancy, as the issue was dead after the DOJ and the Federal Elections Commission both refused to prosecute it. It was only reanimated after Trump declared his intent to run for the 2024 presidential election. Turley highlighted how the crime alleged seems to be a misdemeanor with an expired statute of limitations, which is why Bragg had to warp the allegations into felonies.

Trump’s appeals to have the gag order lifted have thus far been unsuccessful. A lower appeals court rejected his bid, finding that the former president’s speech challenges the integrity of witness testimony, affirming Merchan’s gag order. The court failed to explain why that would necessitate his censure, as addressing the claims of your accusers is one of the classic rights in American jurisprudence. The state’s highest court will hear his appeal next.

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