New York Supreme Court Judge Juan Merchan, who is expected to preside over the soon-to-happen historic alleged hush-money prosecution of former President Donald Trump, spoke out to warn Trump to make sure to not make any posts to social media, as it could only end up hurting him and sparking civil unrest among Americans.
Trump ignored the warning and quickly posted to his account on Truth Social anyway.
“Alvin Bragg shut down New York City, brought in 38,000 NYPD officers, and will spend an estimated $200,000,000 of NYC funds, for a totally legal $130,000 NDA. On top of all that, the 9th Circuit Court just awarded me $122,000 — over the $500,000 already awarded, from Stormy ‘Horseface’ Daniels!” expressed the former President via a social media post.
The comment from Merchan was reported by The Associated Press and comes in the wake of Trump officially surrendering to New York City authorities for an arraignment on Tuesday afternoon due to legal proceedings in regard to a total of 34 felony charges for falsifying business records, all in regard to alleged hush money payments to porn actress Stormy Daniels during the 2016 election cycle.
Trump chose to plead not guilty while face-to-face with Merchan, who expressed to him that he needed to hold back from using any rhetoric about the historic moment of being the first former United States president to be slammed with a crime, and the players involved in the ordeal.
A report from Axios explained that prosecutor Chris Conroy made reference to one of the former president’s social media posts in which he tossed out a warning of “death and destruction” coming from the case and a picture of Trump holding a baseball bat next to a photo of Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg.
Conroy made the claim that the posts from Trump could end up causing “significant concern . . . relative safety of jurors and witnesses and on the process.”
Pending a final agreement, the outlet claimed that “prosecutors asked for a protective order that prevents Trump from sharing discovery materials on social media or sharing them with third parties.” The two sides are still coming to a final agreement on the language of the order.
Attorney Todd Blanche expressed that the former president “was frustrated and upset and believed there was injustice,” his attorney Todd Blanche stated, citing the bid from the former president for the White House in 2024 and has the right to free speech.