NYC appeals court lifts Trump gag order in fraud trial

 November 17, 2023

A New York appeals court has undone the gag order that former President Donald Trump was saddled with in his New York fraud case, at least for the time being, according to Breitbart News.

The former president is running for president once again after losing to President Joe Biden in 2020 and is fielding court cases in multiple jurisdictions.

Many of the cases center around forcing Trump off the ballot in the upcoming election, but he is also facing several other charges due to the Capitol Hill riots of Jan. 6, 2021, and in the case of New York, the state alleges that the longtime businessman is guilty of fraud.

The Court's order

“The judge from the First Department of New York’s Appellate Division granted the request by Trump’s defense attorneys for an interim stay of the gag orders, citing the ‘constitutional and statutory rights at issue’ in a brief order,” reported NBC News.

“The appeals court’s ruling pauses the gag orders that had been imposed on Trump and the attorneys defending him in New York Attorney General Letitia James’ high-stakes fraud case in Manhattan Supreme Court,” it added.

Breitbart News reported in October that New York County Supreme Court Justice Arthur Engoron made a move to make sure the former president with a substantial following was not speaking out about the case.

Engoron “gagged former President Donald Trump’s legal counsel from discussing his ‘confidential communications’ with staff, including note-passing from clerk Allison Greenfield," as the publication reported.

“According to a copy of the order published by the Messenger, Engoron ordered, ‘All counsel are prohibited from making any public statements, in or out of court, that refer to any confidential communications, in any form, between my staff and me,’” said the report.

The judge threatened “serious sanctions” on the former president's legal team if they violated the order.

The Case

The lawsuit was filed by Democratic New York Attorney General Letitia James against former President Donald Trump, charges that Trump's organization and high-ranking officials, including his two sons, conspired to inflate the former president's wealth and assets in financial documents submitted to lenders and insurers in order to secure loans and negotiate deals.

As executive vice president of the Trump Organization and trustee of his father's assets during his presidency, Donald Trump Jr. stated in his testimony that he never manipulated financial statements or deceived banks and insurers.

The Associated Press reported on the issue, saying that at least one of the annual financial statements carried language saying that trustees “are responsible” for the document.

However, the younger Donald Trump said he didn't recall ever working on the statement and had "no specific knowledge of them."

“I wasn’t working on the document, but if they tell me that it’s accurate, based on [those working for him] accounting assessment of all of the materials, these people had an incredible intimate knowledge, and I relied on it,” he added.

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