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Day 1203

1/ Judge Juan Merchan threatened Trump with jail and fined him $1,000 for his 10th violation of the gag order in his election interference trial involving falsified business records. Last week, Merchan fined Trump $9,000 for the nine previous violations of the gag order. “It appears that the $1,000 fines are not serving as a deterrent,” Merchan said. “Going forward, this court will have to consider a jail sanction.” Merchan noted that “to take that step would be disruptive to these proceedings” and that he worries about the court officers, Secret Service, and other personnel required to jail Trump, “but at the end of the day, I have a job to do.” (NPR / Axios / CNN / Politico / Wall Street Journal / New York Times)

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