May 22, 2024

Trump Jury Dismissed Until Closing Arguments

Donald Trump’s hush-money case was only in session for two days this week, but they were exciting days.

Michael Cohen wrapped up his testimony on Monday, then the case was turned over to the defense.

After calling one witness and having a second dropped because of limitation, the defense rested, with Merchan then dismissing the jury until after the holiday to hear closing arguments.

Jury Dismissed

On Monday, the bombshell revelation that Michael Cohen embezzled money from Trump erupted, pretty much sinking Bragg’s case.

After that, the defense took over and called Bob Costello to the stand, Cohen’s former legal adviser.

Costello and Merchan got into a tough-guy contest, with Merchan eventually clearing the courtroom and threatening to strike Costello’s entire testimony from the record.

The defense had another witness, but Merchan dropped the hammer on the scope of questioning, so the defense pulled the witness and rested its case.

This led to Merchan dismissing the jury until after the holiday weekend, but this was far from over.

Merchan was to have a conference with attorneys for both sides to discuss jury instructions that will be given after closing arguments are heard next week.

Normally, I would predict how I feel this will go down, but that is not going to happen here.

I expect Merchan to try to poison the jury against Trump in jury instructions, and this being a New York jury, we just have no idea if they were even interested in the facts of the case or just want to bury Trump.

Regardless, as I have noted in previous reports if the jury does not acquit, Trump should win this case on appeal.

However, if Trump does get acquitted, this will energize his campaign like nothing you have ever seen.

Trump will be on the pulpit telling everyone how the system was weaponized against him and he beat it, and his supporters are going to open up their wallets for him. And that does not even take into account the votes that are sitting on the sidelines waiting to see how this case plays out before committing their vote.

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