Is Trump Really Falling Asleep In Court?

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( – On Tuesday, former President Donald Trump’s spokesperson and attorney Alina Habba stated during an interview with Fox News’s Martha MacCallum that it was “unlikely’ that Trump had actually nodded off during the first two days of his trial in the hush money case in Manhattan. 

When asked about the reports of Trump falling asleep Habba pointed out that most likely her client had been “brutally bored” as they were making him sit through all of the procedural stuff and the jury selection. She continued by arguing that still knowing him and having seen him sit through multiple trials she considered that unlikely as he is “incredibly focused” normally. 

Monday was the start of the first criminal trial that Trump is involved in. It was also the first time that a U.S. President, former or current was involved in a criminal court case. The process started in a Manhattan courtroom with jury selection. 

Trump is facing 34 counts of having falsified business records in connection to reimbursements to Michael Cohen, his former lawyer, and fixer, who had made a $130,000 payment on his behalf to adult film star Stormy Daniels in exchange for her silence about the alleged affair she had with Trump before the 2016 presidential election. Trump has denied the affair and has maintained that he committed no wrongdoings. 

As per New York state law, Trump is required to be in attendance during the trial and the jury selection, which can often be a lengthy and tedious process. It was reported that on Monday there were several occasions where Trump had closed his eyes and seemed to be falling asleep. He would also lean back on his chair with his arms crossed for long periods, which gave some press corps members the impression that he might be asleep. In one instant the former President had even closed his eyes for a few minutes.

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