Trump risks gag order violation with new screed against lawyer who argued the case: ‘Unbelievable’

Although he did not name the Manhattan district attorney’s chief prosecutor in the New York v. Trump case, former President Trump accused him of being a “representative” of the Biden administration trying to “thwart” Trump’s 2024 presidential bid, although he did not name him. ” and launched an attack.

“Let me tell you one thing, the White House… they’re the ones who are hearing this case. You’ve heard who’s been talking about everything, just recently, the White House representative… This is all about Biden and he can’t campaign.” So they’re trying to hurt the other person because they can’t win fair and square, which is the Third World way. It’s such a shame to be on the campaign trail and so sad to see what’s happened to our country,” President Trump said Tuesday afternoon. “Our country will go to hell under Biden.”

“Look at the guy. Look at the guy who argued their case for almost the entirety of the lawsuit? Look at the guy. Where does he come from? I can’t believe it. He comes from Biden,” he added.

Trump did not name the person. But the lead prosecutor in the case, Matthew Colangelo, is a former Department of Justice (DOJ) official who joined the district attorney’s office just months before the former president’s indictment.

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Former President Trump speaks to reporters before entering the courtroom with his attorney, Todd Blanche, on May 21, 2024, in New York City. (Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images)

His comments came amid a gag order that prohibits him from speaking publicly about witnesses, court staff, prosecutor’s office staff or the staff’s families. Trump has already been fined $10,000 for violating the order 10 times through Truth Social posts and his campaign website.

Earlier Tuesday, President Trump hinted that he might violate the gag order.

“We want to protect the constitution,” he told reporters on Tuesday. “So maybe someday I’ll get a chance.”

In his initial gag order ruling last month, Chief Judge Juan Melchán noted that the law does not allow Trump to be fined more than $1,000 for each violation, and that if the former president continues to violate the order he could face prison time. threatened to impose penalties. Marchan wrote in the executive order that if President Trump engages in “continued willful violations” of the gag order, he could be subject to fines. “Confinement” When “necessary and appropriate.”

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President Donald Trump watches with attorney Todd Blanche as prosecutor Matthew Colangelo makes his opening statement in President Trump's criminal trial.

Prosecutor Matthew Colangelo gives an opening statement during Trump’s criminal trial in New York City on April 22, 2024, as former President Trump watches with his attorney Todd Blanche. (Reuters/Jane Rosenberg)

President Trump responded to the jail threat this month by saying it was a “sacrifice” he was willing to make to protect the Constitution.

“I have to be careful with every word I say to you. You ask me questions, and I want to answer them, but I can’t talk about them. Because this judge… issued me with a gag order, [says] If you violate it, you will go to jail,” Trump said at the time.

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“And frankly, you know what? our constitution is much more important than prison. It’s not even close. I’m always willing to make that sacrifice. ”

Prosecutor Matthew Colangelo (Ministry of Justice/YouTube)

President Trump did not mention Colangelo by name in his remarks Tuesday, but the prosecutor has a long history in government dating back to the Obama administration, Fox News Digital previously reported. He recently Biden’s two years at the Justice DepartmentAs Deputy Attorney General, he is responsible for overseeing antitrust, civil, civil rights, environment and natural resources, and tax departments.

Colangelo has previously prosecuted cases involving Trump.

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Colangelo assisted in the case. 2018, when President Trump disbanded his predecessor The Donald J. Trump Foundation, a New York-based philanthropic organization, has filed a lawsuit against Trump after prosecutors said it illegally collaborated with the 2016 Trump campaign. The charity organization was disbanded.

That same year, Mr. Colangelo served as lead prosecutor in a case involving the Trump administration’s push to include a citizenship question in the 2020 Census. Department of Justice After a long legal battle, including the Supreme Court ruling that the nationality question cannot be added for the time being, it was ultimately decided not to print the nationality question on the 2020 census.

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Former President Trump sits in court during a criminal trial in New York City on May 21, 2024. (Michael M. Santiago/Pool AFP via Getty Images)

Experts who previously spoke to Fox News Digital said Colangelo’s career transition from the top position at the Justice Department to the district attorney’s office was “very strange.”

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Before the gag order was issued, Trump had made it clear that he was not a fan of Colangelo. He called the lawyer “radical left [prosecutor] She was brought in by the state to work for Letitia James, and then into the district attorney’s office to try the case against Trump. ”

last week, Republican House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan He sent a letter to New York State Attorney General Letitia James requesting that the attorney general’s office produce documents about Mr. Colangelo, claiming that prosecutors were “obsessed” with the 45th president.

Department of Justice sign

This view shows the Department of Justice sign in Washington, DC (Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images/File)

“Mr. Colangelo’s recent career history indicates that he is more obsessed with investigating people than prosecuting crimes,” Jordan wrote in a letter to James last Wednesday. Ta.

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“in New York State Attorney General’s OfficeJordan added that Colangelo, who “for some time held the title of chief federal policy adviser, conducted an investigation into President Trump and led a wave of state litigation against the Trump administration’s policies.” continued. “On January 20, 2021, the first day of the Biden administration, Mr. Colangelo was sworn in as Acting Assistant Attorney General, the number three position in the Department of Justice. Following confirmation from Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta, Mr. Colangelo assumed the role of Chief Assistant Attorney General. I served.”


The defense team rested Tuesday and Marchan dismissed the jury until next Tuesday, when closing arguments begin. Jury deliberations are scheduled to begin next Wednesday.