Trump gag order partially lifted in hush money case ahead of first presidential debate

The judge who presided over Donald Trump’s hush money trial on Tuesday lifted some of the restrictions from his gag order.

The ruling by Judge Juan Merchan comes two days before Trump is set to debate President Joe Biden for the first time in the 2024 campaign.

Merchan’s ruling lifted restrictions on Trump’s ability to comment on the witnesses who testified against him during his trial, as well as a part of the order barring him from discussing the jury that convicted him, essentially finding the witnesses’ and the jury’s work had concluded so there was no fear of impacting the proceedings. The ruling left in place a part of the order barring Trump from going after court staff, individual prosecutors and “family members of any counsel, staff member, the Court or the District Attorney.”

The ruling said those restrictions would remain in place until Trump’s sentencing on July 11.  

This is a developing story.

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