Trump's social media post about law clerk leads to gag order
Former President Donald Trump appears in court for a civil fraud case at a Manhattan courthouse in New York City on Oct. 3. Photo by Dave Sanders via the Associated Press.
The trial judge hearing the civil fraud case against former President Donald Trump drew the line Tuesday after learning of a social media post targeting his law clerk that included her photo and her name.
Justice Arthur Engoron said he was banning any posts, emails or public remarks about his staff members after Trump posted a photo of the law clerk with Democratic U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. Trump had alleged on Truth Social, his social media platform, that the clerk was politically biased and was “running this case against me.”
Engoron discussed the post by “one of the defendants” without naming Trump as the culprit.
“Personal attacks on members of my court staff are unacceptable, inappropriate, and I will not tolerate it,” he said, according to Law360.
The post was taken down on orders from Engoron, but it had already been copied into an email sent to millions of people by Trump’s campaign, according to the judge.
Engoron said his courtroom statement should be considered a gag order against all parties, and failure to abide by it “will result in serious sanctions.”