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Prosecution begins its closing arguments in Trump's hush money case | Robesonian

May 28, 2024 View Original Article
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    100% Extremely Conservative

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    100% Extremely Conservative

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68% : There were a lot of adjustments being made as Trump's assets were put under the trust's control and it was the first time in decades that Trump wasn't in charge, he added.
63% : TRUMP WAS EXTREMELY BUSY WHEN SIGNING CHECKS, BLANCHE SAYSDefense lawyer Todd Blanche stressed during his summation on Tuesday that Donald Trump was busy during the time when he signed the checks at the heart of the hush money case.
59% : "The government wants you to believe that President Trump did these things with his records to conceal efforts to promote his successful candidacy in 2016, the year before," Blanche said.
58% : Trump said, according to Cohen and prosecutors, as in $150,000."Listen to the recording.
49% : "After playing parts of the recording, Blanche urged jurors to trust their ears when deciphering a specific part -- whether Trump mentioned a dollar figure that he might have to spend, as Cohen and prosecutors contend, or whether he said something else.
48% : Defense lawyer Todd Blanche pointed to emails and testimony Tuesday showing that Cohen did indeed work on some legal matters for Trump that year.
47% : prosecutors suggested in their closing arguments that the disbarred attorney had little choice but to parlay his history with Trump into books, a podcast, merchandise and more.
46% : As he continued, Trump sat at the defense table with his body angled toward Steinglass, listening as Steinglass spoke.
46% : Michael Cohen received $420,000 in all from Trump in 2017, a sum that the ex-lawyer and prosecutors in the former president's hush money case have said included the $130,000 reimbursement related to Stormy Daniels, a $50,000 repayment for an unrelated expense and a $60,000 bonus.
43% : "After months of saying politics had nothing to do with this trial, they showed up and made a campaign event out of a lower Manhattan trial day for President Trump," Miller said.Karoline Leavitt, the campaign press secretary, called the Biden campaign "desperate and failing" and "pathetic" and said their event outside the trial was "a full-blown concession that this trial is a witch hunt that comes from the top.
43% : "That is absurd," Blanche told jurors, pointing to "all the other evidence you heard about how carefully President Trump watches his finances.
41% : At the heart of the charges are reimbursements paid to Michael Cohen for a $130,000 hush money payment that was given to porn actor Stormy Daniels in exchange for not going public with her claim about a 2006 sexual encounter with Trump.
41% : "Prosecutor Joshua Steinglass added that Daniels' account of meeting up with Trump in his Lake Tahoe hotel suite -- replete with details of the décor and what she saw when she snooped in Trump's toiletry kit -- was full of touchstones "that kind of ring true.""Her story is messy.
41% : He implored the jury to return a quick "not guilty" verdict.BLANCHE CALLS COHEN 'AN MVP OF LIARS'As he neared the end of his summation on Tuesday, defense lawyer Todd Blanche reminded jurors of Michael Cohen's admitted fixation on Donald Trump -- and his desire to see him behind bars.
41% : She testified earlier in the hush money trial that she signed off on them at her lawyer's urging.DEFENSE DENIES RECORDED CONVERSATION WAS ABOUT PAYOFF OF FORMER MODELDefense lawyer Todd Blanche spotlighted a key piece of prosecution evidence during his summation: the secret recording Michael Cohen says he made of himself briefing Donald Trump on a plan to buy the rights to former Playboy model Karen McDougal's story from the National Enquirer.
41% : Blanche argued it was unreasonable to suggest Trump was aware of the details of every invoice just because he knew of some.
35% : A 'NOT GUILTY' VERDICTDefense lawyer Todd Blanche finished his summation Tuesday by telling jurors the hush money case "isn't a referendum on your views of President Trump.
35% : Reince Priebus, then-chair of the Republican National Committee, had told Trump after the tape was released that he had two choices: drop out of the race or lose by the largest margin in history, Trump's former chief strategist Steve Bannon has recounted.
35% : None of the invoices were sent directly to Trump, Blanche said.BLANCHE TAKES AIM AT COHEN'S TESTIMONY
33% : Following a brief morning break, Blanche singled out that Daniels issued two statements in 2018 denying that she'd ever had a sexual encounter with Trump.
33% : Blanche said the September 2016 recording, which cuts off before the conversation finishes, is unreliable and was actually about a plan to buy a collection of material on Trump that the National Enquirer had been hoarding -- not McDougal.
32% : Blanche argued that Davidson "was really just trying to extort money from President Trump" in the lead-up to the 2016 election.
31% : STEINGLASS SAYS 'STORMY DANIELS IS THE MOTIVE'The prosecution on Tuesday homed in on Stormy Daniels' sometimes "cringeworthy" testimony about a 2006 sexual encounter she says she had with Donald Trump, saying it was vital because it "only reinforces his incentive to buy her silence.
31% : Blanche questioned why, if prosecutors allege Trump was involved in a conspiracy to conceal the nature of the payments, the sons he put in charge of his company weren't called to the witness stand.
29% : "If Trump is convicted, sentencing will be up to the judge, not the jury.
29% : "Westerhout, who was then working for the Republican National Committee in close coordination with the Trump campaign, had testified that the tape "rattled the RNC leadership" but that Trump wasn't thrown by it.
29% : "It matters where President Trump was," Blanche said.
24% : "The case against Trump is built around testimony from "a witness that outright hates the defendant, wants him in jail, is actively making money off that hatred," Blanche said.
23% : Trump has pleaded not guilty to 34 felony counts of falsifying business records, charges punishable by up to four years in prison.
22% : STEINGLASS FLAGS 'RIDICULOUS COMMENT' FROM DEFENSEBefore an afternoon lunch break, the judge in Donald Trump's hush money trial scolded defense lawyer Todd Blanche for imploring jurors not to send Trump to prison on the words of Michael Cohen and said he would instruct the jury to disregard the comment.
22% : While Cohen has testified that he lied to protect Trump, his family and others, Blanche asserted that the ex-lawyer "is lying simply to protect Michael Cohen and nobody else.
22% : Trump has denied having sex with Daniels.
21% : Trump has denied all wrongdoing.
19% : "He pointed to testimony from David Pecker and others, to the recorded conversation in which Trump and Cohen appear to discuss the Karen McDougal deal, and to Trump's own tweets.
19% : "Blanche conceded in his summation that Trump was bothered by the story.
19% : "DEFENSE SAYS TRUMP WATCHES HIS FINANCES CAREFULLYAfter arguing earlier Tuesday that Donald Trump may not have been fully aware of all his invoices, defense lawyer Todd Blanche stressed to jurors that the former president was a stickler about watching his finances.
18% : It's about Donald Trump.
16% : "Blanche's voice grew to a roar -- the loudest he had been all morning -- as he also declared that Cohen had lied about speaking to Trump by phone about the Stormy Daniels arrangement on Oct. 24, 2016.
16% : It was one of three potentially damaging stories about Trump the tabloid did not run.
16% : Speaking while the former president was stuck in court, De Niro said Trump wants to "destroy not only the city but the country and eventually he could destroy the world."As he spoke, Trump protesters screamed anti-Biden chants.
15% : He posted on the social platform X that Biden's allies "aren't in PA, MI, WI, NV, AZ or GA -- they're outside the Biden Trial against President Trump," adding: "It's always been about politics.
13% : "PROSECUTION WANTS JURORS TO UNDERSTAND COHEN'S MOTIVESWhile the defense in Donald Trump's hush money case portrayed Michael Cohen as a lying opportunist who has profited off his hatred of Trump.
10% : Prosecutor Joshua Steinglass noted that Daniels' representatives initially sought to sell the story of a sexual encounter between the porn actor and Trump to media outlets -- not to Trump.
9% : You can not convict President Trump, you can not convict President Trump of any crime beyond a reasonable doubt on the word of Michael Cohen," Blanche said.
3% : BLANCHE ARGUES 'PEOPLE ALREADY KNEW' ABOUT DANIELS' CLAIMSTurning to Stormy Daniels' story, defense lawyer Todd Blanche noted in his summation that her allegations of a 2006 sexual encounter with Donald Trump were aired on a gossip site in 2011 -- four years before Trump announced his presidential candidacy.

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