Trump Lawyers Rest Their Case in NY Criminal Trial

Posted on 5/21/2024 by with 0 comments

President Trump’s lawyers on Tuesday rested their case in the New York criminal trial where he’s accused of falsifying business payments amid the 2016 election.

On Tuesday morning, shortly after the court was called into session, Trump attorney Todd Blanche said his team is resting their case after calling up their final witness, former prosecutor Robert Costello.

“The defense rests,” Mr. Blanche said. Prosecutors said they have no rebuttal witnesses, with assistant district attorney Joshua Steinglass saying there is “nothing further, judge.”

The former president did not testify on his behalf as a witness in the case.

President Trump previously said he wanted to take the witness stand to defend himself against what he claims are politically motivated charges. Generally, defense attorneys are loathe to have their own clients testify because it opens them up to cross-examination from prosecutors.

During a news conference near the courthouse on Tuesday, his son, Donald Trump Jr., explained why he didn’t take the stand.

“There’d be absolutely no reason—no justification to do that whatsoever,” the younger Trump said. “Everyone sees it for the sham that it is.”

After the defense rested, Judge Merchan then instructed the jury on the timing of the case, saying that the trial will adjourn for the rest of the day.

“I think the best thing that we can do is to adjourn now until next Tuesday. At that time you will hear summations from the attorneys. Probably Wednesday, I’ll ask you to come in … hear jury charge and then I would expect that you will begin your deliberations hopefully at some point on Wednesday,” he said.

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