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The New York choose presiding over Donald Trump’s historic felony trial once more discovered the previous US president in contempt of a gag order Monday and threatened to jail him if there are additional violations.

Trump, 77, is charged with falsifying enterprise data to reimburse his lawyer, Michael Cohen, for a $130,000 fee to porn star Stormy Daniels simply days forward of the 2016 election towards Hillary Clinton.

Decide Juan Merchan held Trump in contempt of court docket and fined him $1,000 for a violation of the gag order prohibiting him from publicly attacking witnesses, jurors or court docket workers and their family.

However Merchan stated the fines — Trump was additionally fined a complete of $9,000 final week — weren’t serving as a “deterrent” and he must think about jail time for additional violations.

“As a lot as I don’t need to impose a jail sanction…, I would like you to know I’ll,” Merchan informed Trump, including that he understood the “magnitude of such a choice.”

“On the finish if the day I’ve a job to do and a part of that job is to keep up the dignity of the justice system,” the choose stated, calling Trump’s defiance a “direct assault on the rule of legislation.”

Merchan’s ruling got here at first of the third week of testimony within the trial of the Republican presidential candidate for masking up hush cash funds to Daniels in a scheme to keep away from doubtlessly disastrous publicity simply earlier than election day.

Daniels, whose actual identify is Stephanie Clifford, and Cohen, Trump’s ex-lawyer who has grow to be a bitter foe of his former boss, are each anticipated to testify sooner or later in the course of the trial.

‘Disaster’

Hope Hicks, a former shut advisor to Trump, testified on Friday concerning the “disaster” that engulfed his 2016 presidential marketing campaign after a tape emerged of him bragging about groping ladies.

Hicks stated she was a “little surprised” by the now notorious Entry Hollywood tape during which Trump was heard boasting about grabbing ladies’s genitalia.

“There was consensus amongst us all that the tape was damaging, this was a disaster,” she added.

Hicks was a key participant within the remaining levels of Trump’s profitable 2016 presidential marketing campaign when the hush cash funds to Daniels have been allegedly made.

In keeping with prosecutors, panic over the tape triggered a Trump marketing campaign effort to silence Daniels over her declare of a 2006 sexual encounter with the married Trump. Trump denies ever having intercourse with Daniels.

The trial has gripped the authorized and political institution as Trump seeks to re-take the White Home from President Joe Biden in November’s election.

Along with the New York case, Trump has been indicted in Washington and Georgia on fees of conspiring to overturn the outcomes of the 2020 election gained by Biden.

He additionally faces fees of illegally storing big portions of top-secret paperwork taken from the White Home after his presidency to his dwelling in Florida.

(Aside from the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV workers and is revealed from a syndicated feed.)

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