Judge in fraud trial imposes gag order after Trump attacks judge’s aide


The judge said he had warned Trump Monday “off the record” about making such comments, but that Trump had ignored him. After Trump posted the material online Tuesday, Engoron ordered him to delete the post — and it quickly disappeared from Trump’s social media site, Truth Social.

“Consider this statement a gag order forbidding all parties from posting, emailing or speaking publicly about any of my staff,” Engoron said. “Failure to abide by this order will result in serious sanctions.”

Earlier Tuesday, Trump posted a message alleging Greenfield “is running this case against me.” The message was pulled from an account on X with fewer than 200 followers. Trump then linked to an Instagram account for Greenfield’s campaign for a judgeship in Manhattan civil court.

“How disgraceful! This case should be dismissed immediately!!” Trump added. He also posted a photo of her alongside Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and referred to her as “Schumer’s girlfriend.”

Several minutes later, Trump’s campaign sent out his social media post in an email blast.

Trump posted the claim about Greenfield while the trial was still in its morning session. Shortly after the court broke for lunch, the judge called the parties back, without allowing reporters to reenter. Court resumed following the lunch break and a 45-minute delay.

Since the start of the trial on Monday morning, Greenfield has been sitting immediately to the right of Engoron, which placed her directly facing Trump. She resumed that same seat Tuesday afternoon, as Engoron read the gag order.

Trump, his adult sons and his businesses are being sued for up to $250 million in penalties stemming from what New York authorities describe as persistent business fraud.

Greenfield has played a prominent role in the long-running proceedings related to the Trump Organization, particularly during a prelude to the current case last year when New York Attorney General Tish James, who filed the civil fraud lawsuit, sought to force Trump and his children Donald Jr. and Ivanka to testify over their objections. James also complained that the Trump businesses were foot-dragging in response to subpoenas.

The clerk took an active part in those proceedings, with Engoron often turning to her to question lawyers for each side. In addition, the judge rarely concluded a hearing without consulting with Greenfield about outstanding issues that he might wish to raise with the parties.

Engoron’s decision lands at the precise moment a federal judge in Washington, D.C., is weighing prosecutors’ request for a more severe gag order on Trump, who they’ve accused of repeatedly harassing and intimidating witnesses, tainting the D.C. jury pool and fueling threats against prosecutors and the court.

U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan has scheduled an Oct. 16 hearing to consider the matter. Trump, despite being put on notice that prosecutors were seeking a gag order, posted a string of social media attacks on key witnesses in the Washington, D.C.-based federal case against him brought by special counsel Jack Smith. His most pointed attacks came against former chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley, who is expected to be a witness against him in both of his federal cases.

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