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Trump’s courthouse tactics: Legal expert claims the former president is daring the judge to take drastic action


Florida – Former President Donald Trump is currently embroiled in significant legal challenges in both Florida and New York. In Florida, he is accused of improperly handling classified documents at his Mar-a-Lago property. He faces 40 felony charges, which include the intentional retention of sensitive information and obstructing federal attempts to retrieve these documents. Trump has rejected these allegations, asserting that the accusations are politically driven efforts to undermine him.

Trump's courthouse tactics: Legal expert claims the former president is daring the judge to take drastic action

Trump’s Tension with the New York Court Intensifies

Meanwhile, in New York, Trump is facing 34 charges of falsifying business records connected to payments made to Stormy Daniels, intended to conceal an alleged affair. He denies both the affair and the charges, describing them as part of a politically motivated witch hunt against him. His defense team argues that he is being unjustly targeted in the ongoing “hush money” trial, which has already commenced with the selection of jurors.

The former president has made another controversial move in his ongoing criminal hush money trial in Manhattan, raising tensions and potentially complicating the legal proceedings, according to legal expert Lisa Rubin, who spoke on MSNBC Thursday evening.

Trump’s Strategy to Disrupt the Trial

During a conversation outside the courthouse, Trump was captured saying, “A lead person from the DOJ is running the trial, so Biden’s office is running this trial.” MSNBC anchor Alicia Menendez quickly fact-checked this claim, clarifying that it was not accurate. This statement by Trump appears to be a calculated effort to challenge the authority and decisions of Judge Juan Merchan, who is presiding over the trial.

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Lisa Rubin interpreted Trump’s actions as a deliberate provocation aimed at Judge Merchan. She explained that Trump is essentially daring the judge to incarcerate him, following a previous warning from Merchan regarding the consequences of violating the gag order placed on Trump. “Donald Trump appeared to talk about one of the prosecutors in the trial today,” Menendez noted, which adds to the series of contentious actions by Trump.

Rubin outlined the judge’s previous warning to Trump, stating, “Because the last time Donald Trump was penalized for violating the gag order, Judge Merchan made it clear to Donald Trump, you do this one more time and I have other remedies at my disposal. The statute only provides me with two. One is a fine up to $1,000 and the other is jail. I don’t want to execute the jail option. It would be disruptive to the administration of justice, but I will if I have to.”

This brinkmanship by Trump, according to Rubin, is intended to “throw a bomb into the proceeding as it reaches its inevitable conclusion.” This strategy suggests that Trump might be seeking to create chaos within the trial, possibly to deflect from or disrupt the legal process as it draws to a close.

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Awaiting Response from the District Attorney

While the district attorney’s office has yet to formally respond to this potential violation in open court, there is speculation that they might address the incident next week. Rubin mentioned, “We did not hear from the D.A. today. We have not heard the full transcript yet, so it is possible they mentioned it on the sidebar, but so far in open court the district attorney’s office has not said this counts as a violation.”

The implications of Trump’s statements and actions are yet to be fully understood, and the coming days could prove critical in determining the course of the trial. As the trial approaches its conclusion, all parties are on high alert, with the potential for significant legal ramifications based on how these latest developments are handled.

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