On Monday, a New York judge is expected to impose a gag order on former President Donald Trump, amid his upcoming trial for alleged involvement in a hush money payment to adult movie actress Stormy Daniels in 2016. This move has sparked outrage among Trump’s supporters and the Republican party, who see this as an attempt to silence the presidential frontrunner.
Trump’s legal team is looking to add a First Amendment lawyer to their team to fight the gag order, which could trigger a fine of $1000 and a prison sentence of up to 30 days in New York if broken. However, this does not change his Sunday schedule and he was seen playing at his West Palm Beach golf club, accompanied by one of his lawyers, Lindsey Halligan.
The Trump team has also announced that they will be lodging a motion to immediately dismiss the case against the former president. Trump’s attorney Joe Tacopina said on CNN, “We will take the indictment. We will dissect it. The team will look at every, every potential issue that we will be able to challenge, and we will challenge. And of course, I very much anticipate a motion to dismiss coming because there‘s no law that fits this.”
Trump is set to fly to New York on Monday aboard his private jet and spend the night at Trump Tower before attending a hearing the following day. He is then expected to return to Florida soon after.
The indictment has positively affected Trump’s poll numbers and campaign donations. A poll by the Trump campaign team found that 51 percent of Republicans see him as their preferred 2024 candidate, putting him ahead of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis who scored 21 percent. The Trump team also announced on Saturday it had raised more than $4 million — almost entirely in small donations — in the 24 hours after he was indicted.
The Republican community has strongly condemned the potential gag order imposed on the former president, calling it an attack on the First Amendment. It seems like this gag order could be an attempt to stifle Trump’s voice and thus weaken the Republican party but in turn, could be the boost Trump needs.
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— Collin Rugg (@CollinRugg) April 2, 2023