Here are the top 5 biggest moments from Trump’s NY trial

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Former President Trump’s criminal trial in New York is nearing its end with jurors deliberating on Wednesday, but the proceedings have been a rollercoaster ride for weeks.

The trial began on April 15, and the former president has slammed the prosecutors, Judge Juan Merchan, and some of the witnesses throughout the trial. Here are some of the biggest developments from the past few weeks.

Michael Cohen Admits to Stealing from the Trump Organization

Former lawyer Michael Cohen was the prosecution’s “star witness,” testifying that he was the middleman behind the payment of hush money from Trump to adult film actress Stormy Daniels.

Former lawyer Michael Cohen was the prosecution’s “star witness”, testifying that he was the middleman behind the payment of hush money from Trump to porn actress Stormy Daniels. (Timothy A. Clary/AFP via Getty Images)

In his testimony on May 20, Cohen admitted to stealing thousands of dollars from the Trump Organization by inflating payments to technology companies that provided services to the organization.

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“You stole from the Trump Organization, right?” Trump lawyer Todd Blanche asked Cohen.

“Yes, that’s right,” Cohen replied.

The testimony stems from comments he made earlier in the trial, in which he detailed to the court that he and former Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg had calculated a $420,000 repayment to Cohen for a $130,000 payment to Daniels. 2016 Elections This was to silence allegations that she had an affair with Trump in 2006.

Cohen previously testified that the repayments were “inflated” to avoid tax liability and included repayment of a $50,000 payment to the tech company Red Finch.

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Cohen went to TD Bank on Monday. Withdraw cash Cohen paid Redfinch for its services over several days, storing the money in brown paper bags. He eventually had about $20,000 in cash, which he gave to Redfinch’s CEO, but never gave the full $50,000 to the company, Cohen said.

Cohen said that during a 2017 meeting about the repayment plan, he told Weisselberg he had paid Red Finch $50,000, meaning he pocketed the difference of $30,000.

Stormy Daniels’ testimony backfires

Daniels testified at the start of the trial about her affair with Trump and claimed he paid her hush money.

Her testimony went into salacious detail about her interactions with Trump and was seen by many commentators, including some critical of the former president, as a major blunder for the prosecution.

“scenery” Co-host Alyssa Farrah Griffin A former aide to President Trump who is now a vocal critic of the president also questioned Daniels’ credibility.

“In fact, I don’t think there was any need for her to go into salacious detail. I wanted to hear from Stormi, who is a mother, who wants to live a private life, who wants to put this behind her, who has been exploited by countless men in her life,” Griffin said. “She received a subpoena and she was there simply to see what she could do.”

Stormy Daniels

Daniels testified at the start of the trial about her affair with Trump and claimed he paid her hush money. (Jacek Bocharski/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

CNN senior legal analyst Ellie Honig offered her own opinion on Daniels’ presence on the stand, arguing that the Trump campaign’s cross-examination successfully brought up the topic of her credibility.

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“Her reaction was catastrophic,” Honig said. Daniels said she hates Trump.

“It’s a big deal when a witness hates someone whose freedom is being threatened! And then she delusionally tweets that that person is in jail. That really undermines credibility.”

Judge threatens Trump with prison time over gag order

Much of the drama in the trial has centered on Judge Juan Merchan’s gag order against Trump, which bars the former president from criticizing witnesses.

Marchant sided with Trump when prosecutors accused him of multiple speech violations, and the judge fined him $9,000 ($1,000 for each violation) and warned him that any further violations could result in prison time.

Trump speaks to the media

President Trump spoke to the media on May 13th. (Seth Wenig/Pool/AFP via Getty Images)

The judge detailed that if Trump “continuously and willfully” violated the gag order, he could be subject to “imprisonment” if “necessary and appropriate.”

Trump’s lawyers argue that the gag order violates the former president’s First Amendment rights. District Attorney Alvin Bragg and his office allege that Trump has violated the order at least 14 times. The gag order was issued against Trump on April 1.

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Trump complained about the gag order almost every time he spoke to reporters outside the courtroom.

Judge rejects Trump’s request for mistrial

Trump’s legal team argued that Daniels’ testimony would create prejudice and sought to have the trial miscarried.

Judge Marchan said the mistrial was unfair and that he had done all he could to control the witnesses, including challenging Daniels’ testimony himself.

“I agree that some of these things would have been better left unsaid,” Marchan said at the time.

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Trump’s lawyers filed a motion to mistrial earlier this month, arguing Daniels’ testimony would create prejudice. (Jabin Botsford/Pool via Reuters)

Blanche argued that the prosecution is trying to incite the jury with Daniels’ testimony, particularly evidence that is allegedly not material. He said Daniels has been trying to convince jurors of her story of consensual sex since 2016 and that the testimony and evidence are prejudicial.

“We believe the trial should be nullified,” he said, “or the testimony of this witness should be excluded and extremely limited.”

Blanche said Daniels’ sensational and shocking testimony “has nothing to do with this case” and is “totally irrelevant.”

Biden campaign sends Robert De Niro to Trump trial

Actor Robert De Niro stormed into Trump’s trial on Tuesday, accompanying President Biden’s campaign team outside a Manhattan courtroom.

De Niro slammed Trump, claiming that he would destroy the country if he becomes president in 2024.

As De Niro left the stage after his speech, he was heckled by Trump supporters and got into a shouting match with a man wearing a MAGA hat who called him a “failed” actor.

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Donald Trump and Robert De Niro in Manhattan on Tuesday

Former President Trump has derided liberal actor Robert De Niro as “pathetic” and “a weirdo” after the actor’s chaotic press conference outside a Manhattan courthouse on Tuesday was widely mocked. (Getty Images)

“Amazing that De Niro got kicked out of his own press conference,” one Trump supporter wrote on X. Another added, “The people of NYC hate him! This didn’t go the way he thought it would.”

Biden’s campaign events were derided as a joke by many right-wing commentators.

“It was beautiful!” Juanita Broadrick Add to X“De Niro’s TDS has spread to his brain. He has dual Italian citizenship and will be able to emigrate to Italy after November.”

Stephen Chang, a senior adviser to the Trump campaign, called the Biden campaign’s press conference “election interference at the highest level.”

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“Evil Joe Biden and his campaign are in total panic mode.” He added.

De Niro was joined by Biden campaign communications director Michael Tyler, who called Trump an “agent of chaos,” as well as former Washington Metropolitan Police Department officer Michael Fanone and former Capitol Police officer Harry Dunn, who were at the Capitol during the January 6 riot.

Fox News’ Emma Colton, Brooke Singman and Hannah Panrec contributed to this report.