Trump Shocks Entire Courtroom With What He Was Caught Doing During Trial

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According to New York Times journalist Maggie Haberman, during the early phases of his hush money trial in New York, former President Donald Trump appeared to have dozed off in a scene that would remind some of a boring lecture from their school days. As the trial progresses over the next few weeks—jury selection started today—it is anticipated to garner international interest.

Due to the enormous number of eligible jurors, it is anticipated that the jury selection procedure for the trial would take a long time—possibly more than two weeks. Setting the framework for the subsequent substantive arguments and testimony makes this phase crucial.

Alvin Bragg, the district attorney for Manhattan, has filed charges against Trump, pertaining to a $130,000 payment that Trump’s former attorney Michael Cohen made to adult film star Stormy Daniels. Allegedly, Daniels was paid this money to keep her from disclosing that she had an affair with Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Records show that Trump paid Cohen in installments that were falsely claimed to be legal expenses. In addition, the former president is pursuing an unusual legal tactic by asking to take part directly in sidebar discussions—a move that is uncommon for defendants in criminal cases.

The moment of apparent exhaustion from the former president was captured by Haberman, who initially reported on the occasion while live tweeting for the New York Times: “Trump appears to be sleeping.” “His mouth goes slack and his head keeps dropping down,” she said in an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper.

In her CNN appearance, Haberman compared Trump’s actions to previous times when he appeared more involved. She explained, saying, “There have been other moments in other trials, like the E.G. Carroll trial in January, where he appeared very still and seemed as if he might be sleeping, but then he would move.”

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In the New York Times, Haberman wrote :

Even as a judge was hearing arguments on last-minute issues in a criminal case that centers on salacious allegations and threatens to upend his bid for the presidency, Mr. Trump appeared to nod off a few times, his mouth going slack and his head drooping onto his chest.

The former president’s lead lawyer, Todd Blanche, passed him notes for several minutes before Mr. Trump appeared to jolt awake and notice them.

At other times, Mr. Trump whispered and exchanged notes with Mr. Blanche. He sat motionless while his own words from the infamous “Access Hollywood” tape — on which bragged about grabbing women’s genitals — were read from a transcript by a prosecutor.

At times, Mr. Trump’s emotions were characteristically on display. He smirked and scoffed, and appeared frustrated when the judge in the case, Juan M. Merchan, did not immediately agree that he could miss court to attend the graduation of his youngest son, Barron.

Judge Merchan threatened to eject Trump from the courtroom or perhaps put him in jail on Monday if he continued to cause disruptions. Trump seems to get the caution. The only time he seemed to relax was when he laughed at a social media post he had made mocking his longtime fixer, Michael Cohen, who was the main witness for the prosecution.

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