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Trump judge imposes partial gag order on second day of civil trial


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The New York judge presiding over the Trump Organization trial has imposed a partial gag order preventing all parties from engaging in any verbal attacks against court staff, after former President Trump criticized a member of the judge’s office on social media.

Judge Arthur Engoron issued that order, one that he said applies to both the defense and New York Attorney General Letitia James' team. The gag order only applies to verbal attacks on staff.

Without naming the former president, Engoron was referring to a now-deleted Trump post on his Truth Social account about Engoron's law clerk Allison Greenfield.

Trump posted on Truth Social alleging Greenfield had a relationship with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. The post also contained a photo. 

"Schumer’s girlfriend, Alison R. Greenfield, is running this case against me. How disgraceful!" Trump posted. "This case should be dismissed immediately!!" 

Trump deleted the post at the beginning of the lunch recess. Yesterday, Trump said the case against him is a move to try and stop him from becoming president.

New York State Attorney General Letitia James is accusing Trump and his family of inflating Trump's net worth, leading to him getting better loans and leading to banks to take on bigger risks. The attorney general is seeking a 250 million dollar fine and a ban on Trump's company doing business in New York state. Before today's session, Trump said the prosecution is politcally motived.

"She ran on getting Trump," the former President said. She is grossly incompetent.

Last week, the judge overseeing the case ruled that Trump had been overvaluing his properties and is liable for fraud. But also suggested that many of the allegations against him are beyond the statute of limitations.

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