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Quiet And Confused, Trump Endures Hardship In Court

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New York, (APP – UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News – 23 Apr, 2024) Donald Trump sat in a court in New York on Monday watching history, a glum witness to his own turn as the first president of the US who faces criminal prosecution.

Most court proceedings are deliberate, scripted and glacial — exhausting for any observer to sit through, much less a no-nonsense real estate mogul used to getting what he wants, when he wants it.

But the 45th president vying for another run at the nation’s highest office is set to spend the next month or two forced to sit in a drafty 15th-floor courtroom that has leather paint and fluorescent lights, speaks only when told.

In their opening statements, prosecutors detailed how Trump falsified business records as part of a scheme to pay adult film actress Stormy Daniels to protect her 2016 presidential bid.

The former president bowed and stared straight ahead as Matthew Colangelo laid out the details of Team Trump’s collusion with the head of a media group that specializes in celebrity tabloids, which prosecutors say worked with Republicans to cover up damaging stories.

Colangelo was careful to smoothly quote the vulgar words Trump uttered when caught on a famous tape bragging about grabbing a woman’s genitalia without consent.

At the time Trump was shaking, shaking his head as he heard his own transcript read aloud to a packed courtroom, the audio amplified in an overflow room that housed dozens of journalists.

But as his defense attorney Todd Blanche gave his opening statement, Trump turned to the jurors, poised somewhere between intimidation and admiration.

“Trying to influence an election” is simply “democratic” said Blanche, noting that the rich and famous often use non-disclosure agreements.

“The 34 counts,” Blanche said, referring to the business record falsification charges Trump faces, “are just pieces of paper.”

– Beams, and laughter-

In contrast, the first witness David Pecker brought great energy to the courtroom.

Wearing a yellow tie, mustache, slicked-back hair and an ear-to-ear smile, he looked a stereotype of the tabloid man he was — a former executive whose outlets included The National Enquirer, which prosecutors say bought and tried to squash salacious stories about Trump while he was running for president.

“We use checkbook journalism,” Pecker told jurors, explaining his company’s editorial practices.

Pecker even argued with prosecutors who asked him to account for a series of phone numbers he had while on the way to American Media, at one point letting out an infectious cackle.

As a real estate scion who made a name for himself in 1980s and ’90s Manhattan, Trump relied heavily on the tabloids to fuel his rise to fame — and the testimony offered some relief on how the gossip mags may play an important role in his fate.

The former president glared at Pecker before court recessed early because of the Passover holiday, and because a juror had an emergency dental appointment.

Outside the court building, the commotion is easy fodder for tour guides: one points out journalists nearby hunched over laptops, alternating between clocking quotes and slurring noodles.

The guide smiled as his group stopped their bike ride to take in the view: “Trump reporters,” he said.

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