Following Trump’s social media posting of the name and photo of the judge’s clerk, the New York judge overseeing the former president’s non-jury civil fraud case issued a restricted gag order.
Justice Arthur Engoron of the Manhattan Supreme Court allegedly declared, “Personal attacks regarding members of my legal staff are not acceptable, not appropriate, and I will not allow it inside my courtroom,” later declaring, “consider this a gag order on everyone involved from posting information regarding any of the members of my staff in the future.”
Engoron gave the order after Trump shared a picture on his Truth Social account of Engoron’s main court clerk, Allison Greenfield, positioned beside Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY). Engoron got in trouble this week when he seemed to pose for video cameras through the trial.
“This case is being run against me by Alison R. Greenfield, Schumer’s lover. That’s so shameful! This case needs to be thrown out right away!!” Trump wrote in his post, which was later taken down.
Additionally, according to reports, the former president implied that Greenfield “hates Trump” and added that “she should not have been permitted to be in Engoron’s ear on each and every question.”
Engoron allegedly told them to stop making “false and personally-identifying posts” and later warned them that “they would face harsh punishments if they didn’t follow this order.”
The trial of Trump, who has denied any wrongdoing and called the trial “an extension of the single largest witch hunt of all time,” began this week in Manhattan at the New York State Supreme Court. The former president is facing allegations that he inflated the value of his assets by at least $2 billion in certain years in order to obtain better loans.
Letitia James, the AG of New York, is seeking to fine Donald Trump $250 million, block him from buying or selling commercial property for five years, and stop him along with his sons, Donald Jr. and Eric, from running companies in the Empire State. Trump is the favorite for the Republican presidential ticket in 2024.
Engoron, a Democrat, already claimed this past week that Trump is guilty of “persistent fraud” because the NY State Attorney General’s Office (OAG) claimed Trump had made, signed, and sent debtors misleading and false financial statements.
After the Manhattan court’s first day of proceedings, Trump stated that Engoron “essentially acknowledged” that the statute of limitations had thrown out a large portion of James’ complaint.
According to Trump, “the judge basically agreed that the statute of limitations which we won at the court for appeals is in effect during the last five minutes. This means that about 80% of this matter is over.”
The accusation was made in response to James’s interrogation of one of Trump’s former accountants, who is believed to have stated in evidence that the financial records from 2011 may have passed the statute of limitations on filing lawsuits.
An appeals court said in June, according to the NY Post, that the relevant statute of limitations ended in 2014. Trump’s lawyers said this meant the majority of the case was resolved.
That being said, the judge in charge said that “statutes of limitations bar claims, instead of evidence.”
Engoron said, “I want to make it clear: this trial is not a chance to argue again about something I have already determined.”
The hearing of Trump in New York is set to last until December.