Updated Feb 26, 2024 - Politics & Policy

Manhattan DA requests gag order on Trump in hush-money case

Donald Trump speaks into a microphone at a lectern.

Former President Trump speaks to supporters in South Carolina on Feb. 24. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg has asked a judge to impose a gag order on former President Trump in his New York hush-money case, according to court documents.

Why it matters: Bragg is seeking to head off potential attacks by the former president targeting jurors and others involved with the case that's scheduled to go to trial on March 25.

  • The case is the first of Trump's four criminal cases scheduled to go to trial while he is on track to become the GOP presidential nominee.
  • The case centers on a 2016 hush-money payment Trump made to adult film actress Stormy Daniels to conceal an alleged affair. He pleaded not guilty to the charges last year.

Driving the news: Trump "has a long history of making public and inflammatory remarks about the participants in various judicial proceedings against him, including jurors, witnesses, lawyers and court staff," the filing stated.

  • The request cited Trump's rhetoric on social media and during speeches, rallies and other public statements about "individuals that he considers to be adversaries" in cases across jurisdictions.

Threat level: Trump's extrajudicial statements could intimidate witnesses, interfere with the judge's impartiality, and lead to harassment from his followers, the court filing said.

  • Targeting court staff and personnel could also create an imminent threat "by distracting personnel, diverting government resources and delaying the administration of justice," the document said.

Flashback: Justice Juan Merchan previously issued a protective order limiting the evidence that Trump could share publicly in the hush-money case. He is also barred from posting on social media about the case without the court's approval.

Go deeper: Trump's New York hush money trial will begin March 25, judge says

Editor's note: This story was updated with additional details from the court filing.

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