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Donald Trump posts $175 million bail and avoids asset seizure

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Donald Trump has posted $175m (£140m) bail in New York, preventing the state from seizing his assets.

The former US president had been given 10 days to make the payment after his lawyers successfully asked for bail to be reduced by $454 million (£362 million).

However, Mr Trump will be required to pay the full amount – plus daily interest – if he loses his appeal in the civil fraud case.

New York Attorney General Letitia James was prepared to seize the 77-year-old’s real estate unless bail was posted.

In February, he was convicted of conspiring for years to deceive banks and insurers by inflating his wealth on financial statements used to secure loans and close deals.

Mr. Trump, who won the Republican nomination for this year’s general election, has often claimed to be worth billions of dollars and said last year he had $400 million in cash, in addition to properties and other investments.

He has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing and maintained that his statements understated his wealth.

Trump ordered to stop attacking judge’s family

There have also been developments in a separate lawsuit Mr Trump is facing, which concerns a hush money payment made to porn star Stormy Daniels.

On Monday, he was ordered to stop verbal attacks against members of the judge’s family in the upcoming case.

This comes after Judge Juan Merchan’s daughter was described as a “rabid Trump hater” in a social media post.

Prosecutor Matthew Colangelo warned: “Family members of trial participants must be strictly prohibited.

“The defendant’s insistence otherwise demonstrates a dangerous sense of entitlement to instill fear and even physical harm to the loved ones of those he sees in the courtroom.”

The order expands on one already in place that prohibits Mr. Trump from publicly commenting on witnesses and court staff.

If Mr. Trump violates this order, he could face prison time. But that doesn’t stop him from criticizing Mr. Merchan or Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, whose office filed the charges last year.

The trial is scheduled to begin April 15 in Manhattan. Mr. Trump has pleaded not guilty to 34 counts of falsifying business records and denies any alleged sexual relationship with Ms. Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford.

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