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Fights gag order over Cohen posts…

Why are prosecutors talking so much about conspiracy if Trump isn’t charged with that crime?

Assistant District Attorney Joshua Steinglass explained in court Tuesday that to convict Trump of felony falsifying business records, prosecutors must show that he had intent to commit another crime. Steinglass said one of the crimes they allege Trump intended to commit was a violation of New York election law related to a conspiracy to promote or prevent an election.

Trump’s campaign is once again fundraising off his appearance in court

“I’m being held hostage!” reads the subject line of the campaign’s latest solicitation, which asks supporters to “chip in” to “END THE WITCH HUNT!”

Trump’s indictments and initial court appearances have helped him raise tens of millions of dollars.

Biden spokesperson makes a dig at Trump

The White House has steered clear of talking about Donald Trump’s trial, but spokesperson Andrew Bates appeared to make a sly reference to the courtroom on Tuesday.

While speaking to reporters aboard Air Force One en route to Florida, Bates began his briefing by asking that “nobody fall asleep while we talk.”

At the trial’s outset, some reporters suggested that it appeared there were times that Trump drifted off to sleep while watching the proceedings. The former president’s campaign disputed that. With no video camera in place and trained on him, there’s no way of knowing for sure.

Trump continues to rail against his gag order

Trump ended his day in court by once again railing against the gag order that he’s already been accused of violating multiple times.

“I’m not allowed to defend myself and yet other people are allowed to say whatever they want about me,” Trump complained to reporters, holding a stack of articles he said were critical of the case but that he says he’s not allowed to share.

Former President Donald Trump speaks after leaving Manhattan criminal court, Tuesday, April 23, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Yuki Iwamura, Pool)

Former President Donald Trump speaks after leaving Manhattan criminal court, Tuesday, April 23, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Yuki Iwamura, Pool)

Trump also complained again about the temperature in the courtroom, calling it “freezing,” and said he’s been “sitting up as straight as I can all day long” while Biden is campaigning.

“It’s a very unfair situation,” he says.

Court wraps for the day

Merchan sent the jury home for the day, with court adjourning early for the Passover holiday. Jurors must pass directly by Trump at the defense table as they exit but none appeared to look over in his direction.

Leaving the bench, Judge Merchan said, “Have a good night everyone.”

The trial is not being held on Wednesday and is set to resume on Thursday.

Sajudin is released from his agreement only after the election

Pecker said that he ultimately encouraged Cohen to let Sajudin out of the agreement, which at one point bound him never to sell the story anywhere else.

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