Donald Trump assaults judge’s daughter less than 24 hours after gag order
Donald Trump assaults judge’s daughter less than 24 hours after gag order

Former President Donald Trump criticized the daughter of a New York judge in a social media post on Wednesday, a day after the same judge issued an injunction against the former president following similar remarks.

“Judge Juan Murchan, who suffers from an acute case of Trump Derangement Syndrome (whose daughter represents Crooked Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Adam “Shifty” Schiff and other radical liberals, just posted a photo of me behind bars, her apparent target and makes it completely impossible for me to receive a fair trial) has now issued another illegal, un-American, unconstitutional ‘order’ as he continues to try to strip me of my rights,” Trump wrote on Truth Social on Wednesday.

“This judge, by issuing a vicious ‘gag order,’ is wrongfully trying to strip me of my First Amendment right to speak out against gunning law enforcement, including the fact that Crooked Joe Biden, Merrick Garland and their hacks and thugs follow me and chase me all over the country, trying obsessively to hunt me down until everyone knows I’ve done nothing wrong!”

The context

Judge Juan Murchan presided over the criminal trial involving Trump and his alleged secret payments to adult film actress Stormy Daniels before the 2016 election.

The trial is scheduled to begin on April 15, the first criminal trial scheduled to begin after numerous delays in the three other cases in Washington, Florida and Georgia. Trump faces a total of 91 felonies, denying all charges and pleading not guilty to all charges.

The 34-count indictment last spring, the first of a total of four criminal charges filed against Trump last year, alleges that the presumptive Republican presidential candidate paid Daniels to remain silent to not publicly discuss their alleged affair.

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Former President Donald Trump speaks to the media during a break at a preliminary hearing in New York City Criminal Court on March 25, 2024. Trump retweeted Judge Juan Murchan and his daughter on…

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Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s office accused Trump of falsifying business documents to keep the payment secret, and the former president has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Newsweek reached out to the Trump campaign by email for comment.

What do we know?

On Tuesday, Murchan barred Trump from making public statements about individuals involved in the case, in response to Trump previously calling the judge a “certified Trump hater.”

He also mentioned the judge’s daughter, whose name was never mentioned, as a liberal insider and top executive “at a super liberal Democratic firm that works for Adam ‘Shifty’ Schiff, the Democratic National Committee, the (Democratic) Majority PAC in The Senate and even Crooked Joe Biden.”

Murchan, in a four-page order issued in response to a restraining order request by Bragg, ordered Trump to “refrain” from making statements about potential witnesses, prosecutors and district attorney officials or potential jurors in the case.

This particular gag order only applies to Trump commenting on this particular case, not any others he is or has been involved in.

Similar orders against Trump have been issued in connection with his other lawsuits. Judge Tanya Chutkan in October imposed limits on what Trump can say about special counsel Jack Smith in connection with his federal election tampering case. Judge Arthur Engoron issued a similar gag order the same month that targeted what the former president might say to the court and others in connection with his civil fraud case in New York.

Update 03/27/24, 11:18 a.m. ET: This story has been updated with more information.