In the Friday order, New York Judge Robert Reed wrote that the sum of $392,638.69 is “reasonable” given the case’s complexity. Trump’s lawyers disagreed, arguing the “exorbitant” costs should be “reduced by a significant margin.”
Times Spokesperson Danielle Rhoades Ha said the ruling has “sent a message to those who want to misuse the judicial system to try and silence journalists,”
according to the Associated Press.
Trump’s lawyer, Alina Habba, told AP she was disappointed that the Times and its reporters were dropped from the case but that the court has “once again affirmed the strength of our claims against Mary and is denying her attempt to avoid accountability.”
Craig, one of the reporters of the 2018 story, celebrated the motion with a thumbs up emoji
in a post on X, formerly Twitter.