New York Court Deals Heavy Blow To Trump

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( – Last week, a New York Court of Appeals dismissed a motion by former President Donald Trump’s lead team against a gag order that had been implemented against him in his civil fraud trial. The trial came to an end last week.

The high court determined that the challenge needed to be dismissed as it did not involve any “substantial constitutional question.” This is despite Trump’s team arguing that Trump’s speech had been unlawfully restricted through the gag order.

In October, Judge Arthur Engoron imposed the gag order which would block Trump and his counsel from making any remarks about any of the staff in the court. The order was implemented after a post on Truth Social in which Trump had accused the principal law clerk of being the “girlfriend” of Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.). As Engoron argued this comment included identifying information about his staff member.

A spokesperson for Schumer had also responded to the post by stating that the accusations had been “absurd and ridiculous.”

Following that statement, there were many comments made about Engoron’s law clerk, as Trump and his attorneys had gone as far as accusing her of acting as “co-judge” in the case. However, Engoron had denied this claim. The clerk played an important role throughout the trial as she would frequently pass notes and communicate secretly with the judge.

However, Engoron had repeatedly told Trump and his team that he would not tolerate any attacks against members of his team, and even called for Trump to explain himself regarding these comments from the witness stand.

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