Former President Donald Trump stormed out of a New York courtroom on Wednesday after briefly taking the stand and being fined $10,000 for violating a gag order.
The violation was based on Trump calling the court's head clerk "not credible," according to the judge.
— New York Post (@nypost) October 25, 2023
"During the dramatic three-minute hearing, Trump denied he was speaking about Engoron’s law clerk when he griped to reporters earlier in the day that 'a person who is very partisan' was sitting 'alongside' the judge – who is deciding the $250 million fraud case that threatens The Donald’s New York real estate empire," the New York Post reported.
"Trump had already been warned twice and fined $5,000 about making public attacks about the judge’s top law clerk Allison Greenfield, whom he disparaged near at the start of the trial in a since-deleted post on Truth Social," it added.
Trump fined $10,000 for violating gag order again in New York https://t.co/sw9TjkpA5R
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) October 25, 2023
"The judge imposed the limited gag order earlier this month after Trump posted to his social media about the judge’s clerk. That led the judge to bar the parties (but really, Trump) from posting or publicly speaking about the judge’s staff," MSNBC reported.
"Trump removed the offending post from his social media, but Engoron found he violated the gag order after learning the post was left on Trump's campaign website for several days. The post was only taken down in response to a court inquiry, the judge said," according to the outlet.
Trump's legal problems continue to grow in the case that could include a fine for his New York business of up to $250 million.
The case is in addition to indictments Trump faces in Florida, Georgia and Washington.
The legal battles may seek to stop his presidential run but so far Trump has continued to stay strong in polling against his GOP rivals.
The nation may see a 2024 rematch between Trump and President Joe Biden despite the trials to give voters another chance to decide who will lead the nation.