Trump barred from attacks on judge's daughter in New York "hush money" case gag order

Trump barred from attacks on judge’s daughter in New York “hush money” case gag order

A New York judge barred former President Donald Trump Monday from making public comments about the judge’s family.

The order by Judge Juan Merchan came after prosecutors for Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg asked Merchan to expand a previously issued gag order in the case, “making clear that the court’s family is off-limits.”

Merchan ultimately decided that the comments about his daughter would “undoubtedly interfere with the fair administration of justice and constitutes a direct attack on the Rule of Law itself.”

the interview, Merchan declined to discuss the trial beyond saying his preparation was “intense” and that he is striving “to make sure that I’ve done everything I could to be prepared and to make sure that we dispense justice.”

“There’s no agenda here,” Merchan said in the interview. “We want to follow the law. We want justice to be done.”

The case revolves around reimbursements for a “hush money” payment made by his former lawyer to an adult film star, days before the 2016 presidential election. Trump denies all allegations, has claimed the charges were political retribution, and has entered a not guilty plea in the case, in which he is charged with 34 felony counts of falsification of business records.