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Donald Trump Storms Out of Courtroom, Fined $10K for Violating Gag Order

Donald Trump Storms Out of Courtroom, Fined $10K for Violating Gag Order

Former U.S. President Donald Trump left a New York courtroom in a huff on Wednesday after being fined $10,000 for violating a gag order and facing a grilling from his former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, during his $250 million civil fraud trial.

Before testimony could resume on Wednesday morning, Habba complained about ‘eye rolls and constant whispering’ between the judge and his clerk, Allison Greenfield

The drama unfolded in the Manhattan Supreme Court where Justice Arthur Engoron scolded Trump for his “not credible” testimony and fined him for breaching a gag order by maligning the court’s lead law clerk, Allison Greenfield. Engoron warned Trump, “Don’t do it again, or it will be worse.”

Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Arthur Engoron called Trump not “credible” before issuing the fine. Steven Hirsch

Trump had previously been fined $5,000 for making public attacks about Greenfield and disparaged her in a since-deleted post on Truth Social.

During the three-minute hearing, Trump denied maligning Engoron’s law clerk and claimed he was speaking about Cohen when he told reporters earlier that “a person who is very partisan” was sitting “alongside” the judge. Engoron wasn’t convinced.

“You sure you didn’t mean the person on the other side, my principal law clerk?” Engoron asked.

“Yes, I’m sure,” Trump insisted.

However, Engoron declared, “I find the witness is not credible” and imposed the fine.

Engoron warned Trump “don’t do it again, or it will be worse.” Dave Sanders/Pool via REUTERS

Approximately an hour later, Trump stood up and left the courtroom in a move that appeared to surprise his own lawyers after Engoron declined their bid to toss the case in light of Cohen admitting that Trump had not explicitly “directed” him to inflate the value of his assets.

“Unbelievable,” Trump muttered to himself as he stood up and walked out of the room.

During his testimony, Cohen likened Trump to a “mob boss” and said he had implied that he and former Trump Organization Chief Financial Officer Allen Weisselberg were meant to manipulate the filings to reach Trump’s desired inflated totals.

Michael Cohen arrives at former President Donald Trump’s civil fraud trial in New York for a second day of testimony

“He tells you what he wants without specifically telling you,” Cohen explained.

Engoron had already found Trump liable for inflating the value of his wealth and canceled the 2024 Republican presidential frontrunner’s New York business licenses, which could hamper Trump’s ability to operate in the Empire State.

After leaving the courtroom, Trump told reporters that the case should be thrown out due to Cohen’s history as a “liar.”

“He said, ‘I lied.’ numerous times,” Trump said.

The trial is set to continue Thursday morning, but Trump is not expected to be in attendance.

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