The New York State Supreme Court justice is presiding over the fraud trial of former President Donald Trump issue a silence order after Trump posted a photo of a court clerk with Democratic Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York.
Judge Arthur Engoron issued the order Tuesday as part of the trial of New York Attorney General Letitia James’ civil lawsuits against Trump, his two sons and the Trump Organization.
Engoron’s partial gag rule barred Trump and any other party in the case from publicly speaking or posting about members of his court staff.
“Personal attacks on members of my court staff are not appropriate and I will not tolerate this under any circumstances,” Engoron said said. “Failure to comply with this order will result in severe sanctions.”
Trump criticized a post on Truth Social in which he referred to the employee as “Schumer’s girlfriend.”
“How shameful! This case should be dropped immediately!” he wrote.
Engoron said in his order that the allegations against his employee were “derogatory” and “untrue.”
In September, Engoron issued a ruling finding that Trump had defrauded banks and other institutions for more than a decade by overestimating the value of his real estate and net worth. This is just part of the allegations made in the lawsuit against the Trumps.
“He contends that if the value of the property has increased in the years since the (financial reports) were filed, the figures were not inflated at that time,” Engoron wrote in the previous decision. “He also seems to suggest that the figures must not be inflated because he could find a ‘buyer from Saudi Arabia’ who would pay whatever price he suggested.”
James is calling for a $250 million fine against the Trumps and a ban on their doing business in New York state.
Trump attacked James in a statement to the press while she sat just feet away from him in court.
“Your numbers are fake. She’s a fraud. Their numbers are fake and this case should be dismissed,” he said.
The former president also confirmed on Tuesday that he would testify in his defense in the trial, which is expected to last about three months.
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