NEW YORK (AP) — Former President Donald Trump expanded on a story Wednesday accusing the judge presiding over his $250 million civil fraud trial of publishing objectionable photos in his newsletter for Long Island High School graduates to have.
Just hours after his daughter Ivanka testified in Judge Arthur Engoron’s courtroom, Trump republished an article from the right-wing website Gateway Pundit alleging that the judge had posted shirtless photos of himself in the online newsletter.
Trump posted the story on his social media page with the headline: “Unhinged Judge Engoron under watch,” although there is little sign of controversy over the publication.
Engoron, a 1967 graduate of the Wheatley School, a public school in Williston, New York, curated the newsletter aimed at other graduates.
Engoron declined to comment to the Daily News and referred questions to a spokesperson for the New York court system.
It’s true that Engoron apparently posted before and after training photos in the 2020 and 2021 editions of the newsletter.
The story claims, without evidence, that the images are of Engoron, although it is not clear from the newsletters that they depict him. In fact, it’s not clear what the photos really suggest.
Engoron, who has demonstrated a healthy sense of humor from the bench, said Trump was free to criticize him.
The former president regularly derides Engoron as “crazy” or worse, even though the judge has the authority to issue a verdict in the case.
The judge issued a gag order barring the former president from publishing comments about his clerk and other aides after he accused the clerk of being biased against him because she was photographed with Sen. Chuck Schumer. He later extended the order to his defense attorneys after they attacked the clerk in open court.