Judge Arthur Engoron issued an order of silence on Tuesday to former President Donald Trump, his legal team and any other parties involved in the case as a result a post on social media by one of Engoron’s employees. The gag order will prevent Trump from publicly speaking or posting about any of the judge’s staff members, Engoron said on the second trial day that will determine whether Trump is responsible for fraud committed by his Trump Organization. Engoron added that there would be sanctions if the order was not complied.
Throughout the first two days of this trial, Trump has lobbed insults on social media and in front of cameras at the judge and Attorney General Letitia James, who is suing Trump for allegedly inflating the value of his assets in order to land deals.
Speaking to reporters outside the courtroom on Monday and Tuesday, Trump accused the pair of being corrupt and politically motivated. Trump has called James “racist.” On Tuesday, Trump told reporters that he would testify at this proceeding in New York “at the right time.” Trump’s name is listed on the witness list of both the attorney general and the defense, but it may be weeks before he appears in court.