Judge issues gag order in Trump fraud trial after ex-president posts about law clerk

October 04, 2023

Former President Donald Trump speaks to members of the media while arriving for the second day of his civil fraud trial in New York on Oct. 3, 2023. A judge issued a gag order Tuesday after Donald Trump attacked the judge's law clerk on social media and in comments to reporters covering his New York business fraud trial. "Consider this a gag order on all parties with respect to posting or publicly speaking about any member of my staff," Manhattan Supreme Court Judge Arthur Engoron said on the second day of the former president's civil trial. Engoron said personal attacks on his staff were unacceptable and intolerable. The judge was angered by Trump's post earlier Tuesday on his Truth Social site that included disparaging comments about the clerk alongside a photo of her posing with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.Trump in that post had called the clerk "Schumer's girlfriend" and accused her of "running this case against me."