Attorney Robert Costello says judge in Trump hush money trial is pushing hard for a conviction

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

Published: May 29, 2024 7:06pm

Updated: May 29, 2024 7:10pm

Former legal adviser to Michael Cohen, Robert Costello, said Wednesday that the judge in former President Donald Trump's hush money trial seems determined to get a conviction.

"It seems to me based upon my personal experience in the court, watching him, and listening to him frankly make up some accusations about me that just never happened, that he is willing to do whatever is necessary to get a conviction," Costello said on the "Just the News, No Noise" TV show.

New York Judge Juan 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 faces 34 charges of falsifying business records to cover up a hush money payment involving porn star Stormy Daniels. He has repeatedly criticized the trial as a whole and the judge specifically.

The trial for the hush money case began last month, which made Trump the first former president to stand trial for an alleged crime. Jury deliberations for the trial began this week and a verdict is expected in the coming days. 

Costello was a witness in the trial and argued that the whole case was just election interference. 

"They're not concerned at all if this case gets reversed on appeal, because that appellate decision won't take place until after the election," he said. "In other words, it's election interference."

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