Trump Fumes Out Of Court

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( – In a dramatic turn of events, ex-President Donald Trump exited the courtroom abruptly during his civil fraud trial, valued at a quarter of a billion dollars. This trial originates from a 2022 lawsuit filed by New York Attorney General Letitia James. The suit alleges that Trump, along with high-ranking officials of The Trump Organization, manipulated financial documents presented to financial institutions and insurers, with the aim of boosting his net worth by billions.

This exit followed a line of questioning directed at Michael Cohen, Trump’s former attorney. Cohen was probed on whether he had been instructed by Trump to artificially inflate financial figures. Subsequently, Trump’s legal representatives, including Clifford Robert, called for an immediate directed verdict, arguing that Cohen’s testimony had essentially undermined the prosecution’s case. However, Judge Arthur Engoron was not convinced and denied the motion, which led to Trump’s sudden departure from the courtroom.

His exit was accompanied by exclamations of “Unbelievable. Unbelievable,” as he was trailed by Secret Service agents and his son, Eric Trump. Journalist Adam Klasfeld, a senior legal correspondent, reported the incident on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter. After stepping out, Trump told members of the press that the testimony had vindicated him and demanded the trial’s termination.

It’s worth noting that this came after Cohen’s second day of testimony, during which he claimed to have no recollection of Trump directing him to falsify asset values, a point that had been strongly emphasized by Clifford Robert while requesting the directed verdict. Cohen, however, had previously stated that Trump guided him and another Trump Organization executive to inflate the valuation of his assets.

In an effort to discredit Cohen, Trump’s defense focused largely on his criminal background, portraying him as an unreliable “serial liar.” This courtroom drama adds yet another layer of complexity to the ongoing case, which has seen its share of tumultuous moments. In a prior incident, Judge Engoron fined Trump $10,000 after questioning the credibility of his testimony related to a gag order violation, which took place during a trial recess.

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