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Trump legal news brief: Judge Merchan expands gag order after Trump goes after his daughter

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The judge in Donald Trump’s hush money trial in New York City has agreed to tighten his gag order due to his “vitriolic” attacks on the judge’s family.

In an order on Monday evening, New York Supreme Court judge Juan Merchan said that Mr Trump’s statements represented a “very real” threat to the integrity of the trial.

Manhattan district attorney Alvin Bragg had earlier asked the judge to extend his gag order to cover court officers’ families due to Mr Trump’s “extreme and deliberate provocations”.

Several social media posts cited by Mr Bragg appeared to have been deleted on Monday evening.

“The average observer must now, after hearing defendant’s recent attacks, draw the conclusion that if they become involved in these proceedings, even tangentially, they should worry not only for themselves but for their loved ones as well,” Judge Merchan wrote.

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