Congresswoman highlights possible 'reversible error' in Trump hush money trial jury instructions

Tenney said that she had seen judges removed for far less than the "judicial misconduct" going on in the Trump trial.

Published: May 29, 2024 6:56pm

Updated: May 30, 2024 10:26am

Congresswoman Claudia Tenney, R-N.Y., said Wednesday that there seems to be reversible error in the hush money trial of former President Donald Trump. 

"This seems to me like reversible error on its face, not to mention all the other terrible things that we're hearing about it," Tenney said on the "Just the News, No Noise" TV show, in reference to Judge Juan Merchan's jury instructions.

Merchan told the jury in the Trump trial that they do not need complete unanimity to convict the former president. He highlighted specifically that if the jurors did not agree on what the crime was, but did agree a crime was committed, he would treat it as a unanimous verdict. 

Trump is accused of falsifying business records to cover up a hush money payment involving porn star Stormy Daniels.

The trial for the hush money case formally began last month, which made Trump the first former president to stand trial for an alleged crime.

"My father I think was about the longest serving New York State Supreme Court justice in New York history," Tenney said. "He would be appalled if he were alive today to see this."

She added that she had seen judges removed for far less than the "judicial misconduct" going on in the Trump trial.

Closing arguments for the trial began this week and a verdict is expected in the coming days. 

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