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 October 27, 2023

Donald Trump blasts NY judge after $10k gag order fine

Former President Donald Trump blasted the judge in his NY civil after being fined $10,000 for violating a gag order.

Trump took to his Truth Social account to speak out against the judge in a Thursday post.

The comments

“The judge in the New York State [attorney general (AG)] case refuses to accept the overturning of his decisions by the Appeals Court. This is a first in the history of the State! HE HAS GONE CRAZY IN HIS HATRED OF ‘TRUMP,'” Trump wrote.

"In an unexpected twist Wednesday, Trump took the witness stand to answer a series of questions from Judge Arthur Engoron about an apparent violation of a gag order in place that prohibits Trump and other parties in the case from speaking about the judge’s staff," the Hill reported.

The explanation

"Summoned Wednesday to the witness stand to explain whom he meant when he mentioned the person 'alongside' the judge, Trump said he was talking not about the clerk, Allison Greenfield, but former Trump lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen, who was testifying at the time," the Associated Press reported.

"On Wednesday, Engoron called Trump’s contention 'not credible,' noting that the clerk is closer to him than is the witness stand," it continued.

The judge's response

"Donald Trump testified under oath that he was referring to Michael Cohen. However, as the trier of fact, I find this testimony rings hollow and untrue," the judge wrote.

"The Oxford English Dictionary defines 'alongside' as 'close to the side of; next to.' Witnesses do not sit 'alongside' the judge, they sit in the witness box, separated from the judge by a low wooden barrier," he stated.

The case is a major one that could include up to $250 million in fines against Trump's business and being banned from business in New York.

The legal battle adds to additional cases involving the former president in Washington, Georgia and Florida as he seeks a comeback bid for the White House.

So far, the charges have not stopped his momentum, with Trump currently holding a large lead over other GOP candidates in polls.

Written By:
Dillon Burroughs

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