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The hush money trial of former President Donald Trump has taken an unexpected turn as Judge Juan Merchan lost his temper with a defense witness, Robert Costello, over eye-rolling and negative comments. This outburst came as the trial was nearing its end, with prosecuting attorneys calling 20 witnesses over 15 days, including former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen and porn actress Stormy Daniels. Trump has pleaded not guilty to 34 counts of falsifying business records related to a $130,000 payment to Daniels to keep quiet about an alleged affair. The trial has produced many colorful moments, including intense confrontations and shocking revelations from witnesses.

One of the key moments in the trial was when Trump’s lawyer Todd Blanche confronted Michael Cohen about derogatory comments he made about Trump. Cohen described Trump as a “Cheeto-dusted cartoon villain” and admitted to wanting power, fame, and a glamorous lifestyle. Stormy Daniels recalled a disturbing dinner with Trump where he made condescending remarks about her career in pornography. The courtroom was filled with tension as Trump reacted to Daniels’ graphic descriptions of their sexual encounters and Judge Merchan expressed his confusion over certain aspects of the testimony.

The trial also saw moments of defiance and confrontation, such as when Merchan rebuked Costello for his disrespectful behavior in court. The judge shut down Costello’s attempts to speak, emphasizing that the court proceedings were not open for discussion. These intense moments added to the drama of the trial and highlighted the high stakes involved in the case. Despite the contentious nature of the proceedings, Trump has maintained his innocence and denied any legal wrongdoing in relation to the hush money payment.

As the trial heads towards its conclusion, it remains to be seen how the evidence and testimonies will impact the final verdict. The top ten moments of the trial, as compiled by Newsweek, reveal the colorful and intense nature of the proceedings, with witnesses making shocking revelations and engaging in heated confrontations with the defense. The judge’s outburst with Costello underscores the tension and drama surrounding the trial and the challenges of maintaining order and decorum in the court. Ultimately, the trial will determine the legal fate of Trump and the implications of his alleged involvement in the hush money scandal.

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