A New York appeals court judge has lifted the gag order Judge Arthur Engoron imposed on former President Donald Trump in his civil fraud trial.
Judge David Friedman issued a stay on the order Thursday, citing concerns over free speech, Fox News reported.
Engoron is overseeing the trial state Attorney General Letitia James brought against the leading Republican presidential candidate and the Trump Organization. He has fined Trump twice for violating the order and threatened to put him behind bars after the second fine.
Trump’s legal team filed an emergency lawsuit on Wednesday requesting an interim stay of Engoron’s gag orders, claiming the rulings “cast serious doubt” on Engoron’s ability to serve as an “impartial finder of fact” when overseeing the case, according to The Hill.
Trump had plenty to say as he celebrated the ruling on Truth Social.
“Judge Arthur Engoron has just been overturned (stayed!) by the New York State Appellate Division (Appeals Court), for the 4th TIME (on the same case!). His Ridiculous and Unconstitutional Gag Order, not allowing me to defend myself against him and his politically biased and out of control, Trump Hating Clerk, who is sinking him and his Court to new levels of LOW, is a disgrace,” he wrote. “They are defending the Worst and Least Respected Attorney General in the United States, Letitia James, who is a Worldwide disgrace, as is her illegal Witch Hunt against me. The Radical and Unprecedented actions of Judge Engoron will keep BUSINESSES and JOBS forever out of New York State.”
“I have done NOTHING WRONG, my numbers were low, not high, I have a COMPLETE DISCLAIMER CLAUSE, their Star Witness admitted he lied and made up this Fake case against me, and the Attorney General used a ‘Get Trump’ platform in order to run for A.G. & Governor (she failed!),” he continued. “This wicked attack on Democracy must be ended, NOW!”
The former president added a second post blasting Judge Engoran while calling the trial yet another “hoax.”
“Trump Hating, Radical Left Judge, Arthur Engoron, is, sadly, the most overturned Judge in New York State,” he wrote. “He was just stayed on his Gag Order, which Unconstitutionally prohibited me & my attorneys from talking about important elements of a Fraud case where it was he & Letitia James that committed the Fraud by knowingly, substantially, & outrageously devaluing my asset values in order to make me look guilty of something which I did not do.”
“In actuality, witnesses & experts have proven conclusively that my Financial Statements Value is LOW, or very Conservative, not HIGH, as they were claiming. A.G. James & Engoron worked in COLLUSION to make some assets many times lower in Value than they are,” Trump continued. “By doing this, they ridiculously & wrongfully, without Knowledge, Trial, or Jury (which is not allowed in this case!), ruled that I was guilty of FRAUD. This HOAX is a public relations disaster for New York State. Violent Crime is raging, and companies are FLEEING, never to be seen in N.Y. again!”
Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY), who filed an ethics complaint against Judge Engoron, released a statement declaring victory.
“I am pleased to see that after my ethics complaint to the New York Commission on Judicial Conduct against Manhattan Judge Arthur Engoron, an appellate court has lifted the unconstitutional gag order against President Trump,” the statement said.
VICTORY: My statement on the New York Appellate Court lifting the unconstitutional “gag order” in New York’s politicized case against President Trump and the Trump Organization. pic.twitter.com/9JOgTtr3OO
— Elise Stefanik (@EliseStefanik) November 16, 2023
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