Updated Oct 3, 2023 - Politics & Policy

Trump back in court for second day of New York civil fraud trial

Former President Donald Trump leaves the courtroom for a lunch recess during the second day of his civil fraud trial at New York State Supreme Court on October 03, 2023 in New York Cit

Former President Trump leaves the courtroom for a lunch recess during the second day of his civil fraud trial on Oct. 3 in New York City. Photo: Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images

Former President Trump arrived Tuesday at a Manhattan courthouse for the second day of the civil fraud trial against him and his business.

Why it matters: Trump, who was not required to attend the first two hearings, turned Monday into a spectacle, pausing in front of the cameras and excoriating the judge who will rule on the fate of his business.

Driving the news: The New York judge overseeing the case issued a gag order on Trump after he made a post on his Truth Social account attacking the judge's law clerk.

  • New York Judge Arthur Engoron ordered the post to be deleted on Tuesday and said that "personal attacks on members on my court staff are unacceptable, inappropriate, and I won't tolerate them."

Zoom in: Donald Bender, Trump's longtime accountant, testified for James' team on Tuesday, according to CNN.

  • Eric Trump also appeared Monday at the lower Manhattan courthouse before opening statements began, per reports.
  • Trump and his three eldest children — Don Jr., Eric and Ivanka — are all listed as witnesses and could testify in the trial.
  • Trump publicly acknowledged Tuesday he intends to testify.

State of play: James filed a civil lawsuit last year accusing Trump and members of his family of financial fraud. She is seeking $250 million in damages.

What to watch: New York Judge Arthur Engoron, who is overseeing the case, ruled last week that Trump committed fraud by exaggerating his net worth on financial records.

  • Engoron said Monday that he expects the trial to last until Dec. 22, CNN reports.

Go deeper: Donald Trump's civil fraud trial: What to know

Editor's note: This story was updated with additional information from Tuesday's hearing.

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