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Judge Holds Trump in Contempt, Fines Him $9,000 for Violating Gag Order, Threatens Jail If Repeated

•, by Adan Salazar

In a contempt motion filed by Judge Juan Merchan, he accused Trump of willfully violating the order 9 separate times, fining the president $1,000 for each violation.

"The Court finds Defendant in criminal contempt for willfully disobeying a lawful mandate of this Court," Judge Merchan wrote.

"The court finds the people have met their burden of proof and have demonstrated contempt. Mr. Trump is fined $1,000 on each of those two."

"Defendant is hereby warned that the Court will not tolerate continued
willful violations of its lawful orders and that if necessary and appropriate under the circumstances, it will impose an incarceratory punishment," Merchan wrote.

Trump was additionally ordered to remove seven "offending posts" from his Truth Social account, and two posts from his campaign website.

Despite the contempt charge, Trump still spoke to reporters outside the NYC courthouse on Tuesday morning, slamming Joe Biden for the protests unfolding at college campuses across America.

It remains to be seen whether Trump will call Judge Merchan's bluff by willfully violating the gag order again to test if the judge will follow through on his threat to jail him.