Trump isn’t happy about this one.
During Donald Trump’s New York fraud trial, the judge overseeing the case, Justice Arthur Engoron of the New York state Supreme Court, raised the prospect of potential consequences for the former president regarding his clear violation of a previously issued gag order. This incident came to light when it was observed that Trump had not removed a post he had shared about Allison Greenfield, the principal law clerk for the judge. While the post was initially discovered on Trump’s website, it has since been taken down after Justice Engoron’s directive on October 3rd.
According to Newsmax, Justice Engoron, in response to this non-compliance, stated, “I ordered him to remove the post immediately, and he said he did take it down. Despite this order, last night I learned the offending post was never removed from the DonaldJTrump.com and in fact, has been on the website for the past 17 days. This is a blatant violation of the gag order. I made it clear [that] failure to comply will result in serious sanctions.”
Furthermore, he underscored the gravity of the situation by remarking, “Incendiary untruths can and have led to serious physical harm. I will now allow the defendant to explain why this should not end up with serious sanctions or I could possibly imprison him.”
In response, Trump’s attorney, Christopher Kise, characterized the oversight as unintentional, stating, “The post on Truth Social was promptly removed as per the court’s request. The Truth Social platform was deactivated, and no further comments were made about court personnel. Unfortunately, it seems that the post was not taken down from the campaign website. I regret this oversight and apologize on behalf of my client.”
The controversial post that Trump shared read, “Why is Judge Engoron’s Principal Law Clerk, Allison R. Greenfield, associating with Chuck Schumer?” This post had previously resulted in the issuance of a limited gag order.
Justice Engoron concluded by saying, “I will consider this matter further, but I want to emphasize that Donald Trump bears responsibility for his vast enterprise, regardless of its size.”