Trump Judge Crossed the Line – Legal Experts

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( – In a new example of the severity of leftist judicial repression against Donald Trump, legal experts have stated that a New York judge presiding over one of the former president’s trials has crossed a line by slapping Trump with an expanded gag order.

On Monday, Judge Juan Merchan expanded his prior gag order after Trump criticized his daughter in a Truth Social post.

Merchan’s daughter is in charge of “Authentic Campaigns,” a political consulting firm helping high-profile Democrats, such as California Rep. Adam Schiff, as per a motion that the former president’s lawyers filed in May 2023.

The gag order practically forbids Trump from criticizing any alleged bias on part of the judge, legal experts comment, cited by The Daily Caller.

“While it may be unseemly and perhaps unwise for him to do so, Trump is, essentially, arguing that the judge is biased against him as evidenced by his daughter’s political affiliations and clients,” said John Malcolm, vice president for The Heritage Foundation’s Institute for Constitutional Government and former deputy assistant attorney general in the Justice Department’s Criminal Division.

“I was actually a bit surprised, in light of those connections, that Judge Merchan did not recuse himself from this matter,” the expert added.

Trump blasted Merchan’s daughter for posting “pictures of her ‘dream’ of putting me in jail” – but the court reacted by saying the post appeared on a long-abandoned social media account.

“Trump’s social commentary – attacks, if you will – are not so much directed at the judge’s daughter, who is entitled to make a living and represent whoever she wants,” Malcolm elaborated.

“It is, however, a commentary suggesting that the judge is biased against him. Criticism of the judge and the prosecutorial team should be fair game,” he said.

“Putting a gag order on a criminal defendant is a clear violation of his constitutional rights,” Mike Davis, founder of the Article III Project and former clerk for Justice Neil Gorsuch, posted on X.

He wondered why the judge didn’t “want the public to know his adult daughter might be profiting from this trial.”

George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley told Fox News that the gag order was “wrong”, with the election likely to “likely to turn on this question of the weaponization of the legal system.”

“You know, you’ve got Michael Cohen, who is going on the air every night attacking Trump, basically campaigning against him. He is not allowed to respond. Now, I would prefer that Trump leave these attacks or issues raised with the judge’s family to his counsel, I think that’s always the better approach,” Turley concluded.

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