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Trump held in contempt after violating gag order in hush money trial

NEW YORK - Former president Donald Trump was held in contempt of court Tuesday for repeatedly violating a gag order, and the judge overseeing his ongoing criminal trial warned him that he could go to jail if he keeps breaking the court's rules.

"Defendant is hereby warned that the Court will not tolerate continued violations of its lawful orders and that if necessary and appropriate under the circumstances, it will impose an incarceratory punishment," New York Supreme Court Justice Juan Merchan wrote in an eight-page ruling finding Trump violated the order on nine occasions.

Merchan ruled that Trump was in contempt of court for violations of a gag order that was imposed to protect the safety of people involved in the hush money trial and their families. Trump purposely violated the order in his Truth Social posts and campaign materials, the judge said, and his behavior warranted a finding of contempt and a $9,000 fine, $1,000 per each violation.


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