Michael Cohen to Keep Quiet During Trump Trial After Mocking Nickname

Legal Battle Escalates: Trump Challenges Gag Order Consequences

by Zain ul Abedin
Michael Cohen to Keep Quiet During Trump Trial After Mocking Nickname
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Michael Cohen, the former personal attorney to Donald Trump, has declared his voluntary silence in anticipation of his testimony in the significant hush money trial. This decision aligns with a judge's imposition of a gag order on the former president due to his attacks on Cohen and others.

In a tweet on Wednesday, Cohen announced his commitment to refrain from any commentary about Trump on his social media account or his podcast, Mea Culpa, until after his trial testimony. This move, he stated, is out of respect for Judge Merchan and the prosecutors involved.

Cohen's self-imposed silence reflects the intense legal landscape surrounding the trial, where he is expected to play a crucial role.

This announcement follows a period of contentious exchanges between Cohen and Trump, with Cohen recently branding Trump as "Von S---zInPantz" on social media.

Cohen has also spoken about receiving death threats since departing Trump's circle, particularly escalating in the lead-up to the trial.

Trump Defies Gag Order

Despite the gag order, Trump has repeatedly criticized Cohen's credibility, accusing him of lying.

These remarks have drawn attention during hearings, including one where Judge Juan Merchan addressed accusations that Trump violated the gag order multiple times through online posts about Cohen and Stormy Daniels, another potential witness.

While the Manhattan prosecutor has sought penalties for Trump's alleged breaches, including a $10,000 fine, Trump remains defiant, lambasting Judge Merchan and the court on social media. The legal tug-of-war highlights the contentious relationship between Trump and Cohen, once allies whose bond soured amid Cohen's legal troubles and his willingness to cooperate in the Mueller probe.