Trump trial: Defense rests, clearing way for jury deliberations next week

NEW YORK — Donald Trump’s defense team rested its case on Tuesday morning after questioning two witnesses in as many days in the former president’s hush money trial.

Trump did not take the stand, a decision that came after Judge Juan Merchan left open the opportunity for prosecutors to question Trump about some of his unrelated legal battles.

“We’ll be resting pretty quickly, meaning resting the case. I won’t be resting. I don’t rest. I’d like to rest sometimes, but I don’t get to rest,” Trump told reporters as he entered the courtroom Tuesday.

Defense attorneys first questioned a paralegal who worked at Trump attorney Todd Blanche’s law firm. The paralegal, Daniel Sitko, had created a chart of dozens of phone calls between Michael Cohen and a longtime attorney who once advised him named Robert Costello. Sitko explained the chart and confirmed details of it on
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