Judge scolds Trump lawyer for 'outrageous' comments in closing about Trump's prison threat

Molly Crane-Newman and Josephine Stratman, New York Daily News on

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NEW YORK — Justice Juan Merchan scolded Trump’s attorney Todd Blanche for improperly invoking the threat of prison time facing the former president toward the end of the defense’s summation at the historic hush money trial.

“It’s simply not allowed. Period,” the judge boomed, saying Blanche should have known better as a former prosecutor and longtime defense attorney.

“It’s hard for me to imagine how that was accidental in any way.”

Blanche brought up the possibility Trump could go to prison toward the end of his summation.

Calling Blanche’s comment “outrageous,” the judge granted a request from prosecutors to instruct jurors to disregard it.

Defense tries to refute a key piece of evidence


Trump lawyer Todd Blanche addressed one of the prosecution’s most pivotal pieces of evidence: A First Republic Bank statement reflecting Cohen’s payment to Stormy Daniels’ lawyer, which prosecutors say was meant to buy the porn star’s silence about an alleged sexual tryst with Trump.

The statement includes handwritten notes from Trump Org CFO Allen Weisselberg calculating how much Cohen was owed for the transaction and other expenses.

Blanche zeroed in on Cohen’s notes on the right side of the page, which said he was owed $50,000 for paying a tech company. Cohen admitted during his testimony that he’d actually paid $20,000 for the expense.

“The point of this document is it contains lies,” Blanche said.


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