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January 1, Fuming NY Judge Clears Courtroom: Trump Trial Witness Misconduct Revealed

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New York Judge Juan Merchan, overseeing former President Donald Trump’s business records trial, became furious with a witness on Monday. He reportedly called for the courtroom to be cleared. The witness, Robert Costello, former lawyer for Michael Cohen, was called to the stand by Trump’s defense team.

Costello’s frustrations grew as Merchan sustained several objections from prosecutors. After more objections were sustained, Costello began blowing “raspberries,” according to a news source.

Judge Merchan warned Costello, “You don’t say ‘jeez,’ and you don’t say ‘strike it,’ because I’m the only one who can strike … you don’t roll your eyes, do you understand that?” He then added, “Are you staring me down right now. Clear the courtroom please!”

After the courtroom had been cleared, Merchan took the time to “discuss proper decorum” with Costello. On May 15, Costello testified before the House Weaponization Committee. He claimed that Cohen had lied under oath and that Trump was not involved in payments made to adult entertainment star Stormy Daniels.

During the trial, Trump’s attorney Emil Bove called for Costello to be allowed to provide counter testimony to Cohen’s from the previous week. Cohen had previously testified that Costello had attempted to bribe him with a pardon in order to not incriminate Trump. While Merchan allowed Costello to provide testimony, the testimony was limited.

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  1. JCE

    May 27, 2024 at 7:18 pm

    This out of control judge should be removed from the bench and charged for his wayward handling of his position as judge. He has broken the law and ethically committed suicide. He has ruined New York’s justice system and should be punished.

    • Bill Taylor

      May 30, 2024 at 5:07 pm

      I agree 100% I hope the NY Judaical system will take some kind of action.

  2. MICHAEL AND JANICE HENRY

    May 27, 2024 at 7:26 pm

    I TOTALY AGREE WITH THIS. MERCHAN NEEDS TO BE REMOVED FROM THE COURT SYSTEM AONG WITH BRAGG AND JAMES. NO ONE IN NEW YORK CAN GET A FAIR TRIAL WITH ANY OF THEM!!!

  3. blauglas

    May 27, 2024 at 7:48 pm

    Americans(that means mainly the Conservative Voters): Would it be too much to hope that this rogue, partisan “judge” break down BEFORE commanding the jury be sent to “deliberate”…to break down in tears that the trial is hereby adjourned, charges are dismissed, and not to proceed further? As he realizes justice demands he not go down in history as lawless, but our Country first. Then he abruptly leaves the courtroom without another word. Is that too much to hope for?

  4. Steven

    May 27, 2024 at 8:08 pm

    100% of the misconduct described in this article was by the “judge”.

  5. TRM

    May 28, 2024 at 1:10 pm

    Costello should have known better.

  6. chief1937

    May 28, 2024 at 1:12 pm

    If this judge is allowed to remain on the bench after this trial there is no justice in this country anymore. Any ruling he makes should be overturned on the grounds of bias and improper court procedure. Talk about a kangaroo court this one is a perfect example.

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