A New York judge overseeing Donald Trump’s civil fraud case has issued a limited gag order on the indicted ex-president, after the defendant publicly disparaged one of the judge’s law clerks and posted her photo.
“This morning one of the defendants posted to his social media account a disparaging, untrue and personally identifying post about a member of my staff,” Judge Arthur Engoron said on Tuesday, the second day of Trump’s trial.
The judge’s comments are referring to a post Trump made on Truth Social earlier that day disparaging Engoron’s principal law clerk, Allison Greenfield. The post included a photo of Greenfield with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) at an event for the clerk’s campaign for a judgeship in Manhattan civil court.
“Schumer’s girlfriend, Alison R. Greenfield, is running this case against me,” Trump said in the post. “How disgraceful! This case should be dismissed immediately!!”
Engoron said that he had warned Trump a day earlier about making such comments, but that the defendant ignored him. Trump’s post was later deleted after Engoron ordered it so on Tuesday, according to the judge.
“Personal attacks on members of my court staff are unacceptable, inappropriate and I won’t tolerate them in any circumstances,” Engoronsaid. “Failure to abide by this order will result in serious sanctions.”
“Consider this statement a gag order forbidding all parties from posting, emailing or speaking publicly about any of my staff.”
Trump, his adult sons and his businesses are being sued for up to $250 million over what prosecutors in New York argue is persistent business fraud. The indicted GOP front-runner for president has denied wrongdoing and repeatedly cast the case as a political attack by New York Attorney General Letitia James, who filed the lawsuit.
Trump posted the attack while the trial was still in its morning session. Since the non-jury trial began on Monday, reporters note Greenfield has been sitting immediately to the right of Engoron and directly in front of Trump.
The order by Engoron comes as a federal judge in Washington decides whether to grant prosecutors’ request for a more severe gag order on the indicted ex-president in the Justice Department’s case about efforts to overturn the 2020 election. Prosecutors in that case allege that Trump has repeatedly harassed and intimidated witnesses, and fueled threats against the court and prosecutors.