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Former President Donald Trump is once again targeting the daughter of New York Supreme Court Judge Juan Merchan, who is overseeing his upcoming criminal hush money trial. Trump has accused Merchan’s daughter of being biased against him due to her involvement in progressive politics, including work for Democratic politicians and groups. The judge recently imposed a gag order on Trump, limiting what he can say about the case, but Trump has continued to attack Merchan and his daughter on Truth Social, a social media platform he created.

Trump has alleged that Merchan’s daughter’s political affiliations and posts on social media show that it is impossible for him to receive a fair trial. He has criticized her involvement in a Democratic political consulting firm that has worked for President Joe Biden and other Democratic figures. Trump’s attacks on Merchan intensified after the judge set a trial date in his hush money case, in which he faces multiple charges related to concealing payments to adult film actress Stormy Daniels.

Trump’s recent comments about Merchan’s daughter include claims that she posted a photo of Trump behind bars on social media, suggesting bias against him. The X account, which is associated with Merchan’s daughter, has featured edited images of Trump, including the one mentioned by Trump in his posts. The account’s posts are now protected, and it remains unclear if it still belongs to Merchan’s daughter. Trump has used these alleged actions by Merchan’s daughter as grounds to question the fairness of the trial process in his case.

The gag order imposed on Trump restricts his ability to make certain statements about participants in the case, including family members of court staff and prosecutors. Despite this limitation, Trump continues to criticize Merchan and his daughter on social media, claiming that he is being unfairly targeted and prevented from defending himself. The judge argued that Trump’s previous statements were inflammatory and could interfere with the court proceedings, leading to the imposition of the gag order.

Merchan has previously declined requests to recuse himself from Trump’s hush money case, despite Trump’s legal team citing his daughter’s political activities as a reason for such an action. The ongoing conflict between Trump and Merchan has raised concerns about the impartiality of the trial and the potential impact of Trump’s attacks on the judicial process. Trump’s repeated accusations of bias and unfair treatment highlight the contentious nature of his legal battles and the challenges faced by the court in ensuring a fair trial for all parties involved.

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