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Court employee arrested after trying to approach Trump at NYC civil fraud trial

Written by on October 19, 2023

A New York state court employee was arrested on Wednesday, October 18,  after she tried to approach former President Donald Trump claiming she wanted to help him during his ongoing civil fraud trial in lower Manhattan, officials said. The woman, who cops identified as Jenny Hannigan, was charged with contempt of court for disrupting the proceedings in Manhattan Supreme Court just before noon by standing up and walking towards the front of the courtroom yelling out to Mr. Trump, Office of Court Administration spokesman Lucian Chalfen said. A Post reporter inside the courtroom at the time did not hear Hannigan yell, but she was caught talking loudly in the hallway after being escorted out. Hannigan, 37,  of Baldwin, NY is a secretary for a judge in Queens, according to a courthouse source. No one answered a phone number at an address listed for her there.  Hannigan, wearing a black dress and matching blazer, was stopped by court officers before she could get near Trump, 77, and his attorneys who were seated at the defense table, Chalfen said in a statement.None of the parties were ever in any danger, he said.When the ex-president left court for the day at around 3:30 p.m. he said he didnt know about the womans arrest  or the apparent commotion she caused.Who got arrested? We didnt know anything about it, he told reporters.Hannigan was first asked to take a seat in the courtrooms gallery before an officer asked to speak with her outside the room around 11:45 a.m.She entered the media-packed hallway, speaking loudly and saying she was scared  as a group of officers surrounded her, asking her to lower her voice. After escorting Hannigan downstairs to the first floor, officers cuffed her as she yelled Help me! Save me! for several minutes, according to a courthouse source.Hannigan was charged with one count of second-degree contempt of court for disrupting the proceeding and was given a desk appearance ticket. She was placed on administrative leave and barred from state courts buildings pending an investigation of the incident, Chalfen said. Earlier, Trump had appeared agitated during Larsons testimony. He was seen muttering to his lawyers, shaking his head, and gesturing as the outside appraiser was grilled by Trumps attorneys.Trumps behavior prompted Kevin Wallace,  a lawyer in New York Attorney General Letitia James office to object, saying: Can the defendant please stop commenting during the witness testimony?Justice Arthur Engoron,  who is deciding the case, rather than a jury issued a broad warning to anyone in the courtroom, including Trump and others, to keep quiet particularly if its meant to influence the testimony of a witness. Trumps lawyers later claimed that Larson had lied on the stand and Larson was eventually told to leave the room as the attorneys and the judge discussed the claim.The perjury claim stemmed from the question of whether Larson had worked with Trump Org. controller Jeff McConney, a co-defendant in the case, to value Trumps properties in 2013.While questioning Larson, Trump’s attorney Lazaro Fields accused him of testifying on Tuesday that he hadnt worked with McConney while producing an email of Larson communicating with McConney at around that time.You lied, Mr. Larson, didnt you? Fields said, raising his voice. I did not. Thats what I recall, Larson responded.Trump lawyer Chris Kise then stood up and interjected that Larson should be advised of his Fifth Amendment right against incriminating himself,  drawing audible groans from the lawyers at the AGs table.He perjured himself yesterday, in my opinion, Kise said during the hearing while the AGs office accused the former presidents legal team of amping up the theatrics for the assembled media. The post Court employee arrested after trying to approach Trump at NYC civil fraud trial appeared first on Linda Ikeji Blog.

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