President Trump Needs to Get Out of New York City RIGHT NOW,” Urges Newsmax Host

by Jessica

Former President Donald Trump was encouraged to flee New York a week ahead of a verdict in his criminal trial. “President Trump needs to get out of New York City RIGHT NOW! Fly back to Mar-a-Lago or another state that will provide him safe harbor,” Newsmax host Todd Starnes wrote in a post to X, formerly Twitter, on Thursday.

Over the past several weeks, Trump has been attending his trial in New York City for allegedly covering up hush money payments to former adult film star Stormy Daniels ahead of the 2016 election, as reported by Newsweek.

The former president is on trial in Manhattan after pleading not guilty to 34 felony counts of falsifying business records. Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg said Trump “fraudulently falsified New York business records to conceal crimes that hid damaging information—including a $130,000 hush money payment to adult film star Stormy Daniels—from the public during the 2016 presidential campaign.”

Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee for president, has denied any wrongdoing in the case while repeatedly calling for it to be dismissed and criticizing New York State Supreme Court Justice Juan Merchan. On Wednesday, Merchan delivered jury instructions and sent the jury to deliberate. During deliberations, jurors sent two notes. The first requested to rehear testimony from Michael Cohen and David Pecker.

During jury instructions, Merchan laid out the charges, what the prosecution needed to prove beyond a reasonable doubt, definitions for terms like “enterprise” and “intent,” what could be considered as “unlawful means” and the second crime that the prosecution argues Trump was trying to conceal with the falsified business records.

However, following the two notes sent by the jury, the court adjourned without a verdict. Thursday’s hearing is expected to begin with the jury rehearing a testimony from the request. Earlier this week, former White House lawyer Ty Cobb predicted that Trump would be found guilty, citing the jury instructions.

“If the jury begins deliberations Tuesday afternoon, expect a verdict no later than Friday afternoon,” Cobb told Semafor. “I expect a ‘guilty’ verdict, but only because the jury instructions as urged by the DA and adopted by the judge, over strenuous and well-founded defense objections, virtually require conviction.”

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