Trump’s lawyers demand fraud trial stopped because of a COVID-19 risk — but none are wearing masks in court – DIGIWIZ CENTRAL

Trump’s lawyers demand fraud trial stopped because of a COVID-19 risk — but none are wearing masks in court

Former U.S. President Donald Trump appears in the courtroom with his lawyers for the start of his civil fraud trial at New York State Supreme Court.

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Donald Trump’s attorneys on Tuesday demanded that the former president’s New York civil fraud trial be halted immediately due to a COVID-19 risk that could affect the former president himself as he sat in the courtroom.

The judge overseeing the high-profile case quickly shot down that request.

He reminded the parties that if anyone was concerned, masks were available. But for all the hubbub over the “risk” there were no takers, Trump included.

Lead defense lawyer Christopher Kise, raised the COVID-19 issue before any witnesses took the stand Tuesday, kicking off the fourth week of testimony in the fraud trial.

Kise complained in the Manhattan courtroom that he learned last Wednesday that someone on New York Attorney General Letitia James’ team had contracted COVID-19 and that a total of four members of her office tested positive for the virus.

Kise, who along with Trump and his team of lawyers were maskless in the courtroom on Tuesday, railed that there were dozens of court staff and attorneys in the room as well as “literally hundreds of media.”

“These individuals are entitled to know this so that we can take appropriate precautions,” Kise said. 

Kise accused the AG’s office, who brought the $250 million fraud lawsuit against Trump, of instead forging ahead because “nothing else matters besides pursuing President Trump.”

Assistant Attorney General Louis Solomon told New York Supreme Court Justice Arthur Engoron in the courtroom on Tuesday that all notification and quarantine rules have been followed. 

Engoron decided to move ahead with Tuesday’s court proceedings and said N95 masks were available to everyone in the courtroom.

A spokesperson for the AG’s office told Insider in a statement, “As always, the Attorney General’s Office has followed and complied with CDC guidelines. Our office properly notified the court and defendants’ counsel, and the court decided to proceed with trial today. If there were any concerns, defendants’ counsel could wear masks today or at any point, but they have opted not to.”

This story is developing. Please check back for updates.

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