OAN’s Stephanie Stahl
5:02 PM – Wednesday, October 25, 2023
In the latest development out of Donald Trump’s $250 million civil fraud case, he received a $10,000 fine for “breaching a gag order” that was intended to prevent him from making negative comments about court personnel.
On Wednesday, the New York judge presiding over Trump’s case called the former president to the witness stand. The testimony was not for Trump to defend himself against the fraud charges in the case, but rather, to address Justice Arthur Engoron’s claim that he had violated the gag order.
During a break on Wednesday in the case brought by New York Attorney General Letitia James concerning his business practices, the 45th president spoke with a few reporters in a hallway.
“This judge is a very partisan judge, with a person who’s very partisan sitting alongside of him, perhaps even much more partisan than he is,” Trump told reporters.
Engoron questioned Trump about the comments he had made earlier in the day, to which Trump insisted that he was referring to Michael Cohen, his ex-attorney who recently testified in the case.
The judge continued his questioning to conclude whether or not Trump was referring to his law clerk as “partisan,” to which Trump then replied that “maybe” he had referred to her as unfair because she is “very biased.”
Engoron’s law clerk sits next to him and has been the subject of complaints from Trump’s team.
The New York judge reported that Trump’s testimony was “not credible” and called the comments a “blatant” gag order violation. He fined Trump for violating the order that he issued earlier this month after the former president attacked his law clerk on social media.
Trump has since taken down the post on Truth Social where he had jokingly portrayed the clerk as Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s (D-N.Y.) “girlfriend,” including identifying information about her.
Trump, the leading contender for the Republican nomination to challenge President Joe Biden in the 2024 U.S. election, abruptly left the courtroom following the imposition of the fine.
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