Trump Addresses Rumors About Him Going To Jail

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( – Following Judge Juan Merchan’s warning that if former President Donald Trump continued to violate the terms of his gag order, he’d face jail time, Trump told reporters the “constitution is much more important than jail.”

The former President made the comments outside the Manhattan courthouse after Day 12 of the proceedings, where Merchan had fined Trump another $1,000 for violating the gag order that had been in place since before the trial. Merchan said he was instating the possibility of jail time as a “last resort” because the former President had repeatedly violated the gag order and wasn’t being reigned in by the fines.

Speaking outside the courthouse, Trump described the gag order as “disgraceful” as he had to “watch every word” he spoke to reporters and couldn’t answer “a simple question,” adding that the “Constitution is much more important than jail,” stating he would make the “sacrifice any day.”

Trump followed his statements by ridiculing the prosecutors for requesting that they have another two or three weeks to press their case before the judge, claiming that he needed to “be out there campaigning,” adding that prosecutors were insufficiently prepared for that time, which is why the court proceedings “got out early” on Monday.

Trump concluded that he hoped reporters shared the “story accurately,” noting that facing jail time for his First Amendment right “is a real threat” to America.

The trial, which entered its fourth week on Monday, centers around the former President’s alleged payment of $130,000 to adult film star Stormy Daniels to cover up a sexual encounter she had with him in 2006.

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