After former President Trump publicly criticized an employee of the judge’s court on social media, the New York judge who presided over the Trump Organization case imposed a partial order to gag all parties.
On Tuesday afternoon, Judge Arthur Engoron issued an order he claimed applied to the team of New York Attorney-General Letitia James and both the defense. The gag order is only applicable to verbal abuse of staff.
Engoron stated that his order was issued after the defendant “posted a disparaging and false post on a social media page about a member of my staff.”
Engoron added that “personal attacks on members of my court staff are unacceptable, not appropriate” and warned they would not be tolerated.
Engoron, without naming Trump, was referring to a now-deleted Trump posting on his Truth Social page about Engoron’s law clerk Allison Greenfield.
In a Truth Social posting, Trump claimed that Greenfield was in a relationship with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.). This post included a photograph.
The case is being run by Alison R. Greenfield (Schumer’s girlfriend). “How disgraceful!” Trump tweeted. “This case should be dismissed instantly!”
Trump deleted the tweet at the start of the lunch break.
The order was issued on the second day of the civil non-jury trial against Trump, his family, and the Trump Organization. It stemmed from James’ suit, which alleged that Trump had inflated his assets, and committed fraud when building his empire.
Trump attended both the Monday and Tuesday sessions in Lower Manhattan’s courtroom.