A recent legal document reveals that the judge presiding the civil fraud trial of ex-President Donald Trump in New York has received “hundreds of threatening, harassing, disparaging and antisemitic” threats.
Threats were directed at the office of Judge Arthur Engoron, as outlined in an affidavit appended to a court filing dated November 22.
The document notes a substantial influx of threatening messages targeting both the court’s chamber phone and Judge Engoron’s chief law clerk, Allison Greenfield, via her personal cell phone, email, and social media accounts.
The submission, filed with the New York appeals court, contends that the gag order imposed on President Trump by Judge Engoron several weeks ago should be maintained.
This came after President Trump publicly criticized Ms. Greenfield.
“Ms. Greenfield’s personal information, including her personal cell phone number and personal email addresses, also have been compromised resulting in daily doxing,” Charles Hollon, the court officer with the New York Department of Public Safety, wrote in the affidavit. “She has been subjected to, on a daily basis, harassing, disparaging comments, and antisemitic tropes.”
President Trump labeled Ms. Greenfield as a Democratic Party loyalist with close ties to Mr. Schumer.
“Schumer’s girlfriend, Allison R. Greenfield, is running this case against me. How Disgraceful! This case should be dismissed immediately,” President Trump wrote in the post.
Mr. Hollon stated that, while President Trump didn’t explicitly threaten Ms. Greenfield, “the comments made in his post resulted in hundreds of threatening and harassing voicemail messages” which he noted have been “transcribed into over 275 single-spaced pages.”
Mr. Hollon wrote that threats against Judge Engoron and Ms. Greenfield can be considered “serious and credible, not hypothetical or speculative.” He also stated that the messages received by the judge and his staff “created an ongoing security risk for the judge, his staff, and his family.”
President Trump has contended that the judge’s gag order is unconstitutional and that the sanctions imposed on him contradict the court’s rules.
Trump’s attorney, Alina Habba, last week indicated that she has no plans to advise the former president to keep quiet about the clerk.
“I don’t see a reason for restrictions because Ms. James is continuing to disparage my client,” said Ms. Habba, referring to the New York attorney general. “Both sides need to be able to speak.”
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