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SECURITY: Alvin Bragg goes for the GAG on Trump in felony trial

SECURITY: Alvin Bragg goes for the GAG on Trump in felony trial

Donald Trump’s trial in New York for falsification of business records in his Stormy Daniels hush money payment scandal begins next month, and District Attorney Alvin Bragg is taking steps to protect potential jurors and other parties in the case from harassment and threats. Bragg is asking the court to impose a limited gag order on the former president.

If granted, Trump would not be allowed to publicly reveal the identities of jurors, though he and his legal team are allowed to know the names. Bragg also seeks to keep the addresses of jurors from Trump and his team.

Trump would also be forbidden from making public comments, or directing others to do so, about witnesses in regard to their roles in the case. This follows a pattern of escalating violence and threats in response to Trump’s verbal and written attacks on various individuals. The New York Times reported:

“The requests, made in filings by the Manhattan district attorney’s office, noted Mr. Trump’s ‘longstanding history of attacking witnesses, investigators, prosecutors, judges, and others involved in legal proceedings against him.’

Bragg is also requesting that Trump be forbidden from attacking court employees, or any other prosecution staff, aside from Bragg himself.

Trump has attempted to fight similar gag orders in other cases with little success, and was even fined for continuing to attack Judge Arthur Engoron’s clerk after a similar directive in his civil business fraud case.

The current case stems from Trump’s reported payments, through his then-attorney Michael Cohen, to adult film star Stormy Daniels to silence her story about their brief affair years ago. Trump reportedly had the payments made to protect his first presidential campaign, then falsified records to cover up the hush money disbursements.

Cohen is one likely witness in the case, and was the subject of Trump’s attacks when he testified in the aforementioned business fraud case last year, testifying that it was typical for Trump to inflate property values.

This will be Trump’s first felony case to go to trial, after he was able to derail his January 6th case with appeals on the basis of his claimed absolute immunity to prosecution. It’s currently unclear when that case will resume.

Stephanie Bazzle
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