Former President Donald Trump has a gag order placed on him in the criminal case brought against him by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg in which he is accused of falsifying business records to cover up payments made by his former lawyer Michael Cohen to adult actress Stormy Daniels.

In a decision on Tuesday, a New York judge placed restrictions on what he can say about witnesses, jurors and prosecutors involved in the case, in which trial is set to begin on April 15.

Judge Juan Merchan, in his decision, said that Trump has made threatening, inflammatory” and “denigrating” statements about individuals involved in the case, posing “a sufficient risk to the administration of justice.”

“The consequences of those statements included not only fear on the part of the individual targeted, but also the assignment of increased security resources to investigate threats and protect the individuals and family members thereof,” Merchan stated.

Merchan’s gag order comes after he rejected Trump’s request to have the trial delayed on Monday despite arguments by Trump’s lawyers that they needed more time to review a late-produced batch of discovery.

In addition to Merchan being a donor to President Joe Biden’s presidential campaign in 2020, Trump, who has denied guilt in the case, has called the case a plot to ruin his bid to reclaim the White House.

In a post to Truth Social on Monday, Trump wrote, “D.A. Bragg fought everyone about trying this ‘no crime’ case, but Crooked Joe Biden’s ‘Thugs’ pushed him to go forward, and pushed him hard. They wanted him to go after ME, Crooked’s Political Opponent. He just didn’t want to do it.”

“They ended up sending Matthew Colangelo, Merrick Garland’s ‘right hand,’ after a stop at the Corrupt and Racist New York State A.G. Letecia ‘Peekaboo’ James’ Office, to directly oversee the D.A., perhaps to make sure that Bragg followed their illegal orders and commands. He eventually agreed to do the ‘case’ that he never wanted to do,” he added.