Judge Issues Directive To Michael Cohen On Trump Remarks

 May 11, 2024

A courtroom drama unfolds in Manhattan.

According to Fox News, the ongoing trial of N.Y. v. Trump has witnessed a directive to silence both Donald Trump and his former attorney Michael Cohen from discussing case details publicly.

The fifteen-day trial, presided over by Judge Juan Merchan, has been marked by overstepped boundaries of commentary. Both Trump and Cohen, a crucial witness for the prosecution, have made multiple public statements concerning the case details and the individuals involved.

Gag Order Affects Both Sides

Former President Donald Trump, despite being the defendant, has found himself restrained by a gag order that restricts him from commenting on the trial, the jury, and all prosecutors except for Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg. Trump has reportedly breached this order more than once, complicating the case's progress.

Moreover, Michael Cohen, Trump's former lawyer and key witness in the trial, has been particularly active on social media platforms like TikTok, where he posted videos and comments targeting Trump. This behavior prompted directives from the court to halt his public outcries.

Defense attorney Jeremy Saland voiced concerns about Cohen's actions, emphasizing the potential harm to the prosecution's stance. "If I’m the prosecution, I’m on the phone right now saying, 'Stop what you are doing — right now,'” he remarked.

A Precarious Witness’s Role

Set to testify next Monday, Cohen is expected to discuss his previously alleged role in arranging a payment to Stormy Daniels in 2016, which lines the path to charges of falsifying business records against Trump. The payments made by Trump to Cohen post the Daniels incident are crucial to the prosecution’s case.

Despite his expected contribution to the evidence, Cohen’s reliability as a witness falls under doubt due to his previous criminal convictions, including perjury. Former Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew McCarthy weighed in on this, questioning Cohen's impact on the case's integrity.

Michael Cohen’s credibility seems compromised by his past, yet he remains pivotal for the prosecution. His former criminal accusations make the road ahead uncertain.

“It is not a problem for Cohen’s credibility because he has none. It is a major problem for prosecutors trying to build a case on the back of his testimony,” McCarthy explains.


This sentiment was echoed by a spokesperson from Trump's campaign, who labeled the judge's gag-dictate on Cohen as a "big win," indicating the defense's positive reception of the developments.

The trial continues to navigate the complexities of high-profile testimonies, public discourse, and legal boundaries. The focus remains on maintaining the integrity of judicial proceedings while managing the volatile mix of politics and law.

As the N.Y. v. Trump trial advances, the court has taken strict measures to control the narrative flowing from its key figures. The imposed gag order on Trump and the curbing of Cohen's public commentary highlight the struggle to preserve the case’s judicial sanctity amidst public and media scrutiny. The anticipation builds for Cohen's forthcoming testimony, which promises to be a linchpin in the unfolding legal drama.

About Victor Winston

Victor is a freelance writer and researcher who focuses on national politics, geopolitics, and economics.

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