Five takeaways from dramatic day in Trump trial as prosecution rests case

NEW YORK — It was a tumultuous day in court for Donald Trump‘s hush money trial, where a judge briefly cleared the courtroom after a heated exchange with a witness who had been called to help the former president’s case.

When Trump exited the courtroom on Monday, he praised the witness, Robert Costello, a former adviser to his ex-attorney and fixer Michael Cohen. Costello’s words were integral to the defense’s efforts to undercut Cohen’s claims about Trump’s alleged involvement in a hush money payment to porn star Stormy Daniels, for which Trump is now facing charges.

Former President Donald Trump speaks to the press before his criminal trial at Manhattan Criminal Court on Monday, May 20, 2024, in New York. (Sarah Yenesel/Pool Photo via AP)

“You saw what happened to a highly respected lawyer today, Bob Costello. Wow. I’ve never seen anything
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