NEW YORK (NEWSnet/AP) — A New York judge on Tuesday issued a gag order barring Donald Trump from making public statements about witnesses, prosecutors, court staff and jurors in his hush-money criminal trial.

Judge Juan M. Merchan cited Trump's previous comments about him and others involved in the case, as well as an April 15 trial date in granting the prosecution's request for a gag order.

“It is without question that the imminency of the risk of harm is now paramount,” Merchan wrote.

Prosecutors had requested the gag order, citing what they call Trump’s “long history of making public and inflammatory remarks” about people involved in his legal cases.

The order also bars Trump from making or directing others to make public statements about anyone involved in the trial. It does not apply to the Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, because he is an elected official.

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