Former President Trump has accused the judge presiding over his civil fraud trial in New York of being a "complete and total puppet" of New York Attorney General Letitia James. Trump claimed that Judge Arthur Engoron undervalued his properties in order to make him look bad. He also accused the judge's law clerk of politically biased behavior. Trump's comments came after the temporary lifting of a limited gag order, which prevented him and his attorneys from discussing Engoron's staff. Rep. Elise Stefanik, a staunch Trump supporter, added to her original ethics complaint against Engoron, claiming that he wrongly denied Trump's motion for a mistrial. Despite the pushback, Engoron has already ruled that Trump and his business are liable for fraud. The case centers around allegations that the Trump Organization falsely inflated and deflated the value of its assets for financial gain.