Trump Defense Requests Dismissal after Prosecution Rests

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( – Former President Donald Trump’s first criminal trial in New York City is nearing the end as the prosecution decided to rest its case on Monday afternoon after star witness Michael Cohen finished his testimony. The defense shortly after moved ahead calling for the case to be dismissed because the evidence was lacking. 

Cohen had appeared as a witness in the case giving his testimony over the course of four full days. He had also specifically been looking at former President Donald Trump while the court officers had directed him to walk down the aisle. 

Cohen started off his testimony by arguing that Trump was at the center of the scheme to have negative stories about him silence the efforts to address any damage that the stories could cause to his bid for the Whtie House. Cohen also revealed to jurors that he was in an agreement with Trump who had promised that he would be reimbursed for all of the money that he was paying to silence women who had come forward with allegations of sexual encounters with Trump. The former President has repeatedly denied all of these allegations. 

During the cross-examination, Cohen was asked a number of questions relating to his business dealings and his payment to adult film star Stormy Daniels. There were also a number of questions concerning the former attorney’s sources of income following former President Donald Trump winning the White House in 2016. 

On Monday the defense had called forward two witnesses, paralegal Daniel Sitko and attorney Robert Costello. It is not yet clear whether there are any plans for Trump to take the witness stand. 

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