NY Judge Merchan expands gag order to prevent Trump from talking about his daughter who was paid $4 MILLION by Adam Schiff to push Russia collusion

The daughter’s ties to these officials were the basis of Trump’s team asking Judge Merchan to recuse himself from the case.

Hannah Nightingale Washington DC

On Monday, the judge in the falsified business records case brought by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg expanded his gag order on Trump to include statements about the judge’s daughter, Loren Merchan.

The March 26 gag order was amended to include "family members of any counsel, staff member, the Court or the District attorney."

Trump had slammed Judge Juan Merchan’s daughter in March after it was revealed that she had used a photo of Trump behind bars as her profile picture.

"Judge Juan Merchan, who is suffering from an acute case of Trump Derangement Syndrome (whose daughter represents Crooked Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Adam 'Shifty' Schiff, and other Radical Liberals, has just posted a picture of me behind bars, her obvious goal, and makes it completely impossible for me to get a fair trial) has now issued another illegal, un-American, unConstitutional 'order,' as he continues to try and take away my Rights," Trump wrote on March 27.

Journalist Julie Kelly revealed on her Substack that in 2019, Rep Adam Schiff, then-chairman of the House Intelligence Committee and who was leading the first impeachment effort against Trump, paid a Chicago consulting firm headed by Loren Merchan $600,000 in January 2020 to spread the word that he planned to oust Trump.

Between January 1, 2019 and December 21, 2020, Authentic Campaigns was paid more than $3.7 million "for digital media acquisitions," Kelly reported, with an additional $215,000 being paid for "digital consulting fees."

"During the same time period that Merchan’s firm raked in nearly $4 million, Schiff turned Cohen, Trump’s lawyer who paid Daniels $130,000 allegedly to keep quiet before the 2016 election, against his former client," Kelly wrote.

Loren Merchan’s work earned her a "rising star" award from Campaign & Elections magazine in 2020, with editors of the magazine writing that Merchan "is setting new benchmarks" in the digital media space by "doing ground-breaking, historical work for clients like Jon Tester, Kamala Harris, Adam Schiff, and others."

The daughter’s ties to these officials were the basis of Trump’s team asking Judge Merchan to recuse himself from the case, stating in May 2023, "Your Honor’s daughter’s close connection to President Trump’s political adversaries and her work at, and financial interest in, a firm which is deeply engrained with Democratic politics raises real and legitimate concerns about this Court’s impartiality. The financial well-being of Your Honor’s daughter depends at least in part on the success of Authentic. And Authentic’s business model is one that requires it to attack President Trump and support individuals and causes in direct competition with President Trump."

Merchan denied this request in August of 2023, attaching a three-page analysis by the New York Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics to his decision in which the committee concluded that the case does not "'directly or indirectly' involve Merchan’s daughter."

In 2019, Schiff and the committee interviewed Cohen during their Trump-Russia investigation, later revealed to be a hoax, but also reportedly questioned Cohen about the falsified business records case. In one instance, investigators asked Cohen if Trump had been speaking in "code" about the alleged payments made to porn star Stormy Daniels.

A transcript of the depositions was released in May 2019, and in the same month, the committee paid Merchan’s firm $57,000 for digital media buys and consulting.

Schiff still remains a client of Loren Merchan, and paid her business more than $10 million in his campaign to take over late Senator Dianne Feinstein’s seat, with some emails seeking campaign donations citing the Bragg docs case.

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