Former President Donald Trump Fined $10,000 for Gag Order Violation in New York Civil Trial

Judge Engoron Imposes Fine Despite Appeals Court Decisions

New York, USA, October 26, 2023

In a recent turn of events, former President Donald Trump lashed out at Judge Arthur Engoron, who presides over his civil trial in New York. Trump, accused of violating a gag order, was fined $10,000 by Engoron after a series of courtroom exchanges that escalated tension between the two parties.

Trump took the witness stand unexpectedly, answering questions regarding his alleged breach of the gag order, which prohibits him and other involved parties from discussing the judge’s staff. The violation in question stemmed from a comment made by Trump to reporters, criticizing a “very partisan judge” and someone “even more partisan than he is.” Engoron interpreted this as a reference to his principal law clerk, an accusation Trump vehemently denied. Instead, Trump claimed he was referring to his former associate Michael Cohen, a key witness in the case brought forward by New York Attorney General Letitia James.

Expressing his concerns about the judge’s clerk, Trump stated that he believed the individual harbored bias against him. This statement led to Engoron imposing a fine of $10,000 on the former president.

In response, Trump took to the social media platform Truth Social to vent his frustrations. He accused Judge Engoron of being biased, labeling him a “highly political and fully biased Trump hater.” Trump further asserted that the judge had already found him guilty “before the trial even started.”

The case, brought by Attorney General Letitia James, alleges over a decade of financial fraud by Trump, the Trump Organization, and Trump’s sons, Eric and Donald Trump Jr.

This latest development in the trial adds a new layer of complexity to an already high-stakes legal battle, leaving both Trump’s supporters and opponents watching closely as the proceedings continue to unfold.

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