Donald Trump‘s legal team prepares for a judge in New York issue a gag order to the former president on Monday, DailyMail.com may reveal, a day before he is arrested in Manhattan.
The extraordinary move to potentially silence a presidential candidate is likely to inflame Trump’s supporters as he prepares to fly out of his country. Florida At home.
“Trump’s legal team now believes that tomorrow the Manhattan judge will take the unprecedented step of silencing the presidential frontrunner with an unconstitutional gag order,” a source said.
“Trump’s legal team is considering adding a First Amendment attorney to the effort to fight this and will fight it all along.”
Under New York law, violating the gag order can result in a $1,000 fine and up to 30 days in prison.
Donald Trump has kept the appearance of business as usual and can be seen playing golf here on Sunday. But on Monday, his legal team prepares for a gag order
Acting Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Juan Merchan has been described as a “no-nonsense judge” who would not hesitate to jail anyone for violating a gag order
On Sunday morning, Trump’s campaign announced that the former president would deliver a speech Tuesday night at his home in Mar-a-Lago after returning from New York.
That could now be doubted.
But it didn’t change his Sunday schedule. He went to his golf club in West Palm Beach, where he could be seen playing the course, accompanied by one of his lawyers, Lindsey Halligan.
At the same time, it emerged that his legal team will file a motion to immediately dismiss the case against him.
“We’re taking the charge. We’ll dissect it,” Trump attorney Joe Tacopina told CNN Sunday morning.
“The team will look at every possible problem we can tackle, and we will.
“And of course I very much expect that there will be a motion to reject it, because there is no law for that.”
Together, they mark the latest twists in a fast-paced story that came to life Thursday when it emerged that a Manhattan jury voted to indict the former president.
Trump kept to his usual Sunday routine and visited his golf course in West Palm Beach
He was accompanied in his golf cart on Sunday by lawyer Lindsey Halligan
He has labeled it a “witch hunt” by Democrats, but would be unable to post anything similar if the restriction is put in place
Joe Tacopina and Susan Necheles are both veterans of the New York celebrity trials circuit. But while Tacopina is known as a street fighter, Necheles brings a more academic approach
The charges remain sealed, but are believed to relate to a payment of $130,000 in hush money to adult film actress Stormy Daniels in 2016.
Trump has repeatedly lashed out at Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg for pursuing a case that was dropped by federal prosecutors.
And he’s also turned his fire on Manhattan’s Acting High Council Judge Juan Merchan, who will hear the case and presumably prepare a gag order.
“The campaign is preparing for this scenario,” a Trump campaign source said.
It will only add to Trump’s anger at Merchan, who previously presided over last year’s tax fraud case when the Trump Organization was found guilty.
In a Truth Social post on Friday, Trump said the judge “put his former CFO on track” to try to get him to enter a plea deal.
“The judge has ‘awarded’ my Witch Hunt case, a ‘case’ NEVER BEFORE TITTED, HATE ME,” he wrote.
A grand jury has heard evidence of allegations Donald Trump paid $130,000 to adult film star Stormy Daniels to buy her silence on their affair
Supporters have gathered near Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home in Palm Beach, Florida, every day since he warned he would be arrested two weeks ago. A grand jury indicted him Thursday
Legal experts came up with the idea of a gag order late last week.
Duncan Levin, a former federal prosecutor in the Justice Department, said any discussion of the case outside of the courtroom would be a punishment for criminal contempt.
Levin told Insider“I think it’s not just a possibility, but it’s very likely that there will be a gag order in the case.”
“Gag orders are very common in criminal cases, especially in cases where there is a huge amount of publicity for the trial, like this one.”
Trump is preparing to fly to New York on his private jet on Monday. After arriving at LaGuardia airport, he will spend the night at Trump Tower, according to campaign officials.
A Trump team poll claims he has 51 percent of the Republican vote, putting him well ahead of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis in the race for the party’s presidential nomination
He will leave his apartment early the next morning to attend the lower Manhattan courthouse for a hearing later in the day.
He is expected to plead not guilty and plans to return to Florida as soon as possible.
Meanwhile, the indictment has bolstered his polls and led to a surge in campaign donations.
A poll conducted by Trump’s campaign team found that 51 percent of Republicans see him as their favorite candidate for 2024, ahead of his biggest threat, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who scored 21 percent.
Trump’s team also announced on Saturday that it had raised more than $4 million — almost entirely in small donations — in the 24 hours since he was indicted.