Trump trial: Judge, slamming defense, denies 2nd motion for mistrial

Trump trial: Judge, slamming defense, denies 2nd motion for mistrial
Trump trial: Judge, slamming defense, denies 2nd motion for mistrial

Assistant District Attorney Joshua Steinglass heavily pushed back on defense attorney Todd Blanche’s motion for a mistrial based on Stormy Daniels’ detailed and explicit testimony.

“It has always been the people’s restraint that the details in this case — details of the two-hour conversation that Ms. Daniels had with the defendant in the living room and the dinner room of his hotel room in Harrah’s — corroborate her account ,” Steinglass said.

“They corroborate that the sex happened, which is motivation to silence her,” he said.

Steinglass argued that defense lawyers cannot attack Daniels’ credibility in their opening statement, then move for a mistrial after the state thoroughly questioned Daniels to develop her credibility with the jury.

“They’re trying to have their cake and eat it too,” Steinglass said.

Steinglass also argued that the condom testimony was permissible because Trump, according to Daniels, asked her a series of questions about protection and STDs in the adult film industry during their conversation in Trump’s suite.

“Mr. Trump asked a lot of questions about the testing in the adult film industry,” Steinglass said. “The reason that is relevant is because it explains his decision not to wear a condom.”

“You know who knew what happened in that room? Mr. Trump knew,” Steinglass said. “That was Mr. Trump’s motive to silence this woman in 2016.”

Trump has been sitting with his arms crossed, staring at Merchan, during the hearing.

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