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Trump Takes Dig at Merchan After First Day of Jury Deliberations

Judge Juan Merchan can “save his reputation” if he dismisses the NY v. Trump case, former President Donald Trump said Wednesday in remarks outside the Manhattan courtroom.

“The confusion is nobody knows what the crime is because there’s no crime. Nobody knows what the crime is. The D.A. didn’t name the crime of the moment. They don’t know what the crime is. That’s what the problem is. It’s a disgrace. This thing ought to be ended immediately. The judge ought to end it and save his reputation,” Trump said Wednesday evening.

Trump’s comments came after jury deliberations began Wednesday.

Since those deliberations began, the jury has sent Merchan two notes, including asking to rehear his instructions.

In New York criminal cases, juries are not allowed to receive copies of jury instructions or witness transcripts.

Trump is facing 34 counts of falsifying business records. Prosecutors worked to prove that Trump falsified business records to conceal a $130,000 payment to former porn star Stormy Daniels ahead of the 2016 election to quiet her claims of an alleged affair with Trump in 2006.

“The judge, who, as you know, is very conflicted and corrupt. Because of the confliction, very, very corrupt. Mother Teresa could not beat these charges. These charges are rigged. The whole thing is rigged,” Trump said late Wednesday morning as jury deliberations kicked off.

“The whole country is a mess, between the borders and fake elections, and you have a trial like this where the judge is so conflicted, he can’t breathe. He’s got to do his job. … it’s a disgrace. And I mean that, Mother Teresa could not beat those charges. But we’ll see. We’ll see how we do.”

Trump has repeatedly called on Merchan to recuse himself as well as dismiss the case, including last week when he said Merchan could “gain back respect” if he dismissed the case.

“This case should be dropped by the judge. I think the judge, if he did, that… could gain the respect back. The appellate court has to step in, something has to happen. Think of it, the Republican Party, one of the two great parties, nominates somebody to be their candidate. And that candidate now has been sitting here for almost five weeks in a freezing cold icebox listening to this stuff,” Trump said May 20.

Court will continue on Thursday at 9:30 a.m., when Merchan will again address jury instructions, followed by the jury resuming deliberations.

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  • DP says:

    Merchan CANNOT recuse himself. He is “just following orders”

    Hopefully the fact that this failed to work for the Nazis at Nuremberg, it will fail again when his “honour” is facing justice.

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