A New York appeals court has reinstated a gag order preventing former President Donald Trump from discussing court staff involved in his civil fraud trial, according to NBC News.
The original order, issued by state Supreme Court Judge Arthur Engoron in October, was violated by Trump when he made a social media post targeting Allison Greenfield, Engoron’s clerk, alleging her relationship with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer.
Engoron fined Trump for the violation, leading to an appeal that temporarily halted the order’s enforcement. However, the recent Thursday ruling reinstates the gag order, restricting Trump from commenting on court staff while the appeal is being considered.
Judge Engoron emphasized his commitment to enforcing the gag orders, instructing Trump’s lawyers to inform their client of the vacated stay. In response, Trump’s attorney, Chris Kise, expressed dissatisfaction with the process, calling it unfair and stating that it is happening in America, according to CNN.
Despite the ban on discussing court staff, Trump retains the ability to criticize Engoron and State Attorney General Letitia James. On his Truth Social platform, Trump accused Engoron and James of fraudulent actions that reduced his asset values, calling for their impeachment and removal from office.
The court proceedings have not been without consequences, as Officer Charles Hollon from the state Department of Public Safety filed documents citing credible threats against Engoron and Greenfield due to Trump’s comments.
The threats included doxing and daily harassment, raising concerns about the safety and well-being of the court staff. Trump’s legal team argued that he should not be held responsible for the actions of others, contending that Justice Engoron cannot curtail Trump’s speech based on potential reactions.