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Merchan says there will be hearing Wednesday on Trump contempt charge request

By Lauren del Valle, Jeremy Herb, Nicki Brown and Kristen Holmes

Before leaving the bench, Judge Merchan reiterated that he had signed the order to show cause regarding the prosecution’s latest request to convict Trump of contempt for the four new violations of the silence order. This came after the prosecution filed a motion and argued in court that Trump had violated the silence order four times in recent days.

There will be a hearing next Wednesday at 2:15 p.m. ET on the matter, he said.

Assistant District Attorney Chris Conroy addressed the additional violations in court Thursday morning, providing the judge with another proposed order to show cause, which Merchan signed.

At a hearing Tuesday morning, prosecutors had already asked Merchan to hold Trump in contempt for violating the gag order, citing 10 social media posts before and during the trial. They also want the messages deleted. Merchan has not yet ruled on these alleged violations.

Trump has two campaign events next Wednesday. He must be present in court for the silence order hearing unless the judge signs a waiver excusing him.

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