Christopher Kise, the attorney representing former President Donald Trump in the ongoing civil fraud case in New York, attempted to introduce a new challenge to the legal proceedings, but the presiding judge seemed to reject the argument.
MSNBC legal analyst Lisa Rubin reported on Tuesday that Kise reversed his previous stance, indicating that he now intended to file a motion seeking to delay Trump’s upcoming testimony until the appeals contesting Judge Arthur Engoron’s gag order had been exhausted.
Rubin shared an exchange with Kise, questioning whether he planned to ask Judge Engoron to pause the trial to address Trump’s appellate rights. Initially, Kise suggested he would not pursue such a motion, deeming it a “futile effort.”
However, Rubin later tweeted that Kise did make the request, only to receive a response of “nice try” from Judge Engoron.
Donald Trump is currently challenging Judge Engoron’s gag order, which was imposed in response to the former president’s persistent attacks against law clerk Allison Greenfield. Trump’s posts allegedly led to Greenfield receiving numerous death threats, many of which were anti-Semitic.
The court document detailing the threats highlighted the compromise of Greenfield’s personal information, resulting in daily doxing and incessant harassing and antisemitic comments. Despite the challenges posed by the gag order and the ongoing appeals, Engoron, who oversees the bench trial and has already ruled Trump liable for fraud, will determine the verdict and the financial penalties Trump may face.
New York Attorney General Letitia James seeks $250 million in damages, asserting that Trump knowingly submitted false financial statements to inflate the value of his real estate portfolio for favorable tax and insurance benefits.