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The Gag Order Contempt Trap

Chutkan did not elaborate on her order because she will act as the sole decision-maker.

Chutkan suggested more than once during Monday’s hearing that Trump was not abiding by his conditions of release, indicating she is waiting in the weeds for a demonstrable Trump screw-up before charging him with contempt of court. Which raises the possible penalties involved if she pursues that path. Trump could be subjected to home detention, excessive fines, or even jail if Chutkan finds he has repeatedly violated the order.

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