Judge bars Trump from giving fraud trial closing argument after he refuses to stick to ‘relevant’ issues

Left: Judge Arthur F. Engoron poses for a photo in the courtroom for the 4th day of Trump

Left: Judge Arthur F. Engoron at the New York State Supreme Court on October 5th, 2023. (Meir Chaimowitz/NurPhoto via AP); Right: Former President Donald Trump speaks to the media at a Washington hotel, Jan. 9, 2024. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

The judge who oversaw Donald Trump’s civil fraud trial has signed off on a request to subpoena a New York City real estate attorney over his comments about an ex parte conversation about the case.

According to attorney Adam Leitman Bailey, he and New York Supreme Court Justice Arthur Engoron discussed the case at length during a hallway chat three weeks before the court issued a blockbuster ruling that found Trump as well as other individuals and entities liable to the tune of a combined $364 million. Inclusive of interest, Trump himself owes $454 million under the ruling.

Bailey, a legal analyst, spoke with Manhattan-based NBC flagship station WNBC on Feb. 16, the same day the court issued its judgment. Trump had, well before the trial, been found liable on the state’s motions for summary judgment. In May, those allegations came to light along with news that Engoron was under investigation by the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct over the discussion.

Trump’s attorneys seized on the media firestorm and ethics investigation into what, exactly, Bailey and Engoron discussed.

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