In the Trump Organization civil trial, Trump’s attorneys boldly requested an immediate and direct verdict following Michael Cohen’s testimony.
Cohen’s Admissions in Testimony
During his testimony, Cohen admitted that the former president did not ask him to inflate his finances on a personal financial statement.
Trump and Cohen in Court
The former president and 2024 GOP presidential front-runner and ex-attorney found themselves in the same courtroom for the second consecutive day.
The Origin of the Trial
The civil trial stems from New York Attorney General Letitia James’ yearslong investigation into the Trump Organization and Trump family businesses.
Trump’s Request for a Direct Verdict
Following Cohen’s testimony, Trump’s attorney, Clifford Roberts, asked for an immediate and direct verdict in the trial.
The Immediate Denial
Judge Arthur Engoron swiftly denied the request for an immediate verdict.
Allegations by New York Attorney General
New York Attorney General Letitia James alleged that Trump and his company misled banks about the value of his assets and committed acts of fraud and misrepresentation.
Engoron’s Previous Ruling
Engoron had previously ruled that Trump and the Trump Organization committed fraud by overvaluing assets and exaggerating net worth on financial paperwork.
Trump denied any wrongdoing and emphasized that his financial statements included disclaimers for bank evaluation.
Expanding on Testimony
Cohen had an opportunity to expand on his testimony during re-direct questioning by an attorney from the New York attorney general’s office.
Cohen’s Insight into Trump
Cohen claimed that while Trump did not explicitly ask him to inflate the numbers, Trump’s communication style was akin to that of a “mob boss,” conveying his expectations implicitly.
Request for Verdict Reiterated
Trump’s defense attorneys once again asked for a verdict. However, Judge Engoron firmly denied their request and stated, “One witness, who I don’t consider to be the key witness… it’s absurd.”
Trump’s Criticisms of Cohen
Trump labeled Cohen as a “proven liar” and accused him of lying on the stand. Trump added, “This should be the end of the case. We’re being railroaded.”
Engoron’s Interaction with Trump
Judge Engoron asked Trump to clarify statements he made to the press, which led to a discussion about a person he considered partisan.
Engoron’s Gag Order
Engoron imposed a partial gag order after deciding Trump made derogatory statements about his law clerk, leading to a fine of $10,000.
Trump’s Comments on House Speaker Race
In a moment outside the courtroom, Trump praised House Republicans for electing Rep. Mike Johnson as the new House speaker, emphasizing his role in the process.
The Show Must Go On
The civil trial will continue, and Trump’s legal battles show no sign of subsiding as he faces challenges both inside and outside the courtroom.
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