A federal judge on Wednesday ordered an immigration lawyer not to testify about a potential investigation into President Donald Trump’s campaign ties to Russia, and ordered her to recede from a legal case.
The decision by U.S. District Judge Nicholas F. Garaufis of New York comes after lawyers for Trump and his associates sued Garaufe and the State Department in the Eastern District of New Jersey to force her to testify.
Trump’s lawyers say the State department and Garauffes office have been illegally conducting investigations against Trump and the Trump Organization and have been stifling opposition to the president’s agenda by selectively releasing documents and charging witnesses.
Trump has vehemently denied any improper coordination with Russia and has repeatedly said the Justice Department and FBI are not investigating him.
In his order, Garaufi wrote that it was appropriate for him to take action against the attorney, David Boies, who was hired by the Trump campaign in late June to represent former national security adviser Michael Flynn, according to the Associated Press.
Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI in March and is now cooperating with the government.
He has pleaded not guilty to a charge of lying to Congress and is awaiting sentencing.
In the suit filed against Garaufa and the office, Trump’s attorneys allege that the attorney has engaged in a pattern of obstruction of justice by improperly disclosing privileged communications between Flynn and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.
Garaufas office has previously declined to defend the president and has denied that his lawyers are trying to obstruct the probe.
Trump also is facing allegations that his attorneys have withheld documents and evidence related to the investigation into Flynn and his contacts with Russian officials.