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Prosecution Rests in Trump’s NYC Trial; Defense Starts Off with Admonishment of Witness

HeadlineMay 21, 2024

Back in New York, prosecutors rested their case Monday in Donald Trump’s criminal hush money and 2016 election interference trial. Trump’s lawyers called witness Robert Costello, a lawyer who has accused Michael Cohen of lying, but his testimony soon devolved after he complained about prosecutors’ objections, leading Judge Juan Merchan to reprimand him and briefly clear the courtroom. At one point Judge Merchan asked Costello, “Are you staring me down right now?” Meanwhile, Cohen admitted under questioning by the defense that he stole $60,000 of Trump Organization money to make up for a cut to his annual bonus in 2016.

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