Donald Trump filed an emergency motion with the Appellate Court presiding over the First Judicial Department in NY seeking to lift the gag order imposed by Judge Engoron to protect his staff from attacks from Donald Trump and his attorneys.
A hearing was held right away before Justice David Friedman, who was appointed by Republican Governor George Pataki in 1999, on whether to grant a temporary stay of the order. Judge Friedman agreed to stay the gag order until the case could be hearing by the full court on the merits.
This is only a temporary lift of the gag order. Expect this issue to be taken up fairly quickly by the court since the trial is still ongoing.
We can certainly expect Trump’s attacks on the Judge’s clerk to begin immediately and in earnest. Trump has already been sanctioned twice for violating the order.
In a brief handwritten ruling Thursday, Appellate Division Justice David Friedman said he was granting an interim stay on the gag order given the “constitutional and statutory rights at issue.”
UPDATE: Trump has responded and sure enough he immediately attacked Engoron’s clerk again.
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!). 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. They are defending the Worst and Least Respected Attorney General in the United States, Letitia James, who is a Worldwide disgrace, as is her illegal Witch Hunt against me. The Radical and Unprecedented actions of Judge Engoron will keep BUSINESSES and JOBS forever out of New York State. 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!