Why Would Donald Trump’s Hush Money Trial Gag Order Be Lifted?

The trial might be over, but the threat definitely isn’t.

Lauren Elizabeth
3 min readJun 5, 2024
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With everything that’s gone on surrounding Donald Trump in recent days, it should come as no surprise that things haven’t really died down when it comes to this hush money trial. He might have already been convicted of the 34 felonies and is currently working on the appeal, but naturally, the former president is very interested in trying to get the gag order from the trial lifted.

Jonah E. Bromwich and Michael Gold with The New York Times write:

“Donald J. Trump’s lawyers on Tuesday asked the judge who oversaw the former president’s criminal trial to lift a gag order on their client as the presidential campaign intensifies.

The lawyers said in a letter to the judge, Juan M. Merchan, that the end of the trial on Thursday nullified the need for the gag order, which bars the former president from attacking witnesses, the jury and others involved in the case.

Mr. Trump was convicted of 34 felonies, with a jury determining that he had falsified documents related to a hush-money payment his former fixer made to a porn star in 2016.

“Now that the trial is concluded, the concerns articulated by the government and the court do…

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Lauren Elizabeth

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