Former US President Donald Trump Asks Judge To Lift Gag Order From Hush Money Criminal Trial

In a document made public on Tuesday, Donald Trump requested that a judge remove the gag order that had been placed on him during his  

criminal trial in New York, which yielded the first conviction of a sitting US president.  

The limited gag order was imposed by Judge Juan Merchan prior to the trial, limiting Trump's ability to publicly comment on jurors,  

witnesses, prosecutors, and court personnel. Subsequently, the order was expanded to encompass his own family as well as the prosecutor's.  

On ten separate times, Trump disobeyed the judge's order, prompting a $10,000 fine and the prospect of jail time from the Manhattan court.  

Prior to the gag order being enforced in preparation for Trump's trial,  

the former president frequently used his Truth Social platform to criticize potential witnesses and the prosecution.  

Trump, who is running for president again this year, was found guilty by jurors last week of using false business documents to cover up a scandal that occurred during his 2016 campaign.  

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