Trump attacks NY judge's clerk as gag order is temporarily lifted

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Former President Trump attacked a clerk of the judge overseeing his New York civil fraud trial after a gag order was temporarily lifted Thursday.

“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!),” a Truth Social post by Trump on Thursday evening read.  

“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,” Trump’s post continued.

The gag orders, which prevented Trump and his attorneys from talking about Engoron’s staff, were lifted temporarily earlier on Thursday by the New York appellate division.

They stemmed from Trump attacking a clerk of Engoron’s on Truth Social, calling her Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s (D-N.Y.) “girlfriend” and sharing personally identifying information about her.

“The Radical and Unprecedented actions of Judge Engoron will keep BUSINESSES and JOBS forever out of New York State,” Trump’s Thursday post continued. “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 the Attorney General used a ‘Get Trump’ platform in order to run for A.G. & Governor (she failed!). This wicked attack on Democracy must be ended, NOW!”

Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.), a congressional ally of the former president, celebrated the lifting of the gag order Thursday.

“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,” a statement by Stefanik read.  

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