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Donald Trump has been fined $5,000 in his $250 million civil fraud trial in New York after an alleged breach of a gag order.
Justice Arthur Engoron highlighted Trump’s social media activity, noting that he posted “an untrue and disparaging post about my clerk.” Engoron previously ordered Trump to remove the said post, and while Trump acknowledged this, the post remained online. Engoron stated, “Despite this order, last night I learned the offending post was never removed from a website. This is a blatant violation of the gag order.” He continued, “Make no mistake: future violations, whether intentional or unintentional, will subject the violator to far more severe sanctions.”
Trump’s attorney, Christopher Kise, conveyed that the post was unintentionally left up, mentioning it had been taken down from Trump’s own network but remained on another site.
This legal scrutiny stems from New York State Attorney General Letitia James’ case against Trump, accusing him of inflating asset values and exaggerating his wealth. The case’s potential consequences could impact Trump’s business, especially as he eyes a 2024 presidential bid.