Former President Donald Trump, despite pledging not to “intimidate or attempt to intimidate” court officials, has been consistently making disparaging remarks about judges, prosecutors, and other individuals involved in his legal proceedings in recent days.
These posts shared on his social media platforms, have openly criticized those responsible for prosecuting him, a clear violation of his agreement with the courts to refrain from such behavior. To secure his release during Special Counsel Jack Smith’s federal prosecution related to alleged attempts to overturn the 2020 election, Trump signed an “Advice of Penalties and Sanctions” bond agreement, which included an acknowledgment that he could face imprisonment if he breached the terms.
The agreement explicitly states, “Violating any of the foregoing conditions of release may result in the immediate issuance of a warrant for your arrest, a revocation of your release, an order of detention, a forfeiture of any bond, and a prosecution for contempt of court and could result in imprisonment, a fine, or both.”
Now, many are anxiously awaiting to see if he will be jailed for defying an order not to weaponize his social media platform. Trump not only authored derogatory posts but also shared others that targeted U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan, New York Attorney General Letitia James, Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, Special Prosecutor Jack Smith, and another Department of Justice official.
One repost from Fox News host Mark Levin alleged that Judge Chutkan, overseeing his federal Jan. 6 insurrection case, comes from a “Marxist family.” Another repost labeled her as “a fraud dressed up as a judge in Washington D.C.” and dubbed her “a radical Obama hack.”
On September 1st, Trump used his new social media platform, Truth Social, to declare, “I am being ‘railroaded’ by a highly partisan and corrupt system of INJUSTICE, headed up by an opponent who is losing in the polls and, simultaneously with all of this, destroying our once Great Country!”
Later that morning, he shared edited videos targeting New York Attorney General Letitia James, who is suing him for $250 million over alleged fraud. Trump, in capital letters, claimed he was “targeted” and had been denied “jury, extensions, commercial division, constitutional rights, anything!” He accused James of “Election Interference.”
Trump then shifted his focus to Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, prosecuting him on charges related to election interference in Georgia. He posted a link to an article suggesting she should be disqualified from trying him and shared a document calling for her impeachment.
In an attempt to raise funds for his legal issues and future campaign, he made another post asking, “Is there anyone on the Planet that doesn’t know what I look like? And yet, for some reason, the Communist Democrats in Atlanta made a Mug Shot of me!”
Sarah Krissoff, a former federal prosecutor, expressed concerns, saying, “He is doing harm to himself by posting these messages.” She emphasized that Trump not only risks violating court orders and facing fines or jail time but also jeopardizes the outcomes of his ongoing criminal cases.
The former president currently faces 91 counts in four prosecutions (two state and two federal) since late March. Trump vehemently denies any wrongdoing, attributing the charges to politically motivated “witch hunts” aimed at obstructing his 2024 campaign aspirations.