Reporter Reveals What She Saw Trump Doing In Court After His Lawyer Passed Notes To Him

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A reporter has detailed unusual behavior from Trump inside the Manhattan courtroom during the former President’s hush money trial. Maggie Haberman of The New York Times, who has been closely covering the trial on Monday, May 20, described moments where Trump appeared to struggle with staying awake during the proceedings.

Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee for the 2024 presidential election, has been facing scrutiny for allegedly making a $130,000 payment to adult film actress Stormy Daniels to keep her quiet about an alleged affair in 2006.

The case is highly publicized, given its potential impact on Trump’s political future and the nature of the charges against him. On April 20, as jury selection got underway, Haberman reported seeing Trump dozing off multiple times throughout the day.

“Trump appears to be sleeping.  His head keeps dropping down and his mouth goes slack,” she wrote on the Times’ live blog. Each time Trump nodded off, it was described as a dramatic event, with his head sagging and his mouth noticeably going slack.

Adding to the intrigue, Haberman noted that Trump’s lead defense attorney, Todd Blanche, was seen passing notes to Trump for several minutes. This occurred just before Trump “appeared to jolt awake and notice them,” suggesting a potential struggle to remain engaged in the courtroom’s cold environment.

Trump’s complaints about the temperature in the courtroom have been ongoing. He has described the setting as an “ice box,” implying that the cold conditions are deliberate.

“I’m going to go into this trial. I’m going to sit in a freezing cold ice box for eight hours, nine hours or so,” Trump told reporters outside the courthouse.

Despite his discomfort, some argue that the cooler temperatures might actually work in Trump’s favor, preventing him from nodding off during the lengthy proceedings. Nevertheless, his behavior has sparked significant attention, raising questions about his engagement and focus amid serious legal challenges.

The hush money case charges Trump with 34 felonies, all related to falsifying business records to influence the outcome of the 2016 election, which he won. Each count carries the potential for a prison sentence of up to four years if he is found guilty. Trump has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

This case is one of several legal battles Trump faces. He is also dealing with indictments related to efforts to overturn the 2020 election results in Georgia, his role in inciting the January 6 Capitol riot, and the illegal storage of classified documents at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida. These additional trials are scheduled to begin in the coming months, adding to the complexity of Trump’s legal and political landscape.

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