NEW YORK (NEWSnet) - Donald Trump’s lawyers asked for a mistrial in the criminal hush money case currently in progress in Manhattan, saying that Stormy Daniels ran afoul of rules established for her when taking the witness stand Tuesday.

This request was presented after the hearing returned from its lunch break - and Judge Juan Merchan said no. 

“I don’t believe we’re at the point where a mistrial is warranted,” he explained.

The judge said he agreed with Blanche that Daniels gave more information at times than she should have about the time she met with Trump, but he blamed the defense for not objecting more vigorously when she was testifying.

Trump shook his head as Merchan denied the request for a mistrial, then jotted something down on a piece of paper that he shared with his attorney.

Although the former president and his team have voiced vehement objections leading up to and during the case, this is the first time the attorney team has asked for a mistrial. 

Defense lawyer Todd Blanche said Daniels’ testimony about the alleged sexual encounter with Trump and her detailed account of a preceding conversation and other meetings with Trump had “nothing to do with this case and is extremely prejudicial.”

Blanche argued “the court set guardrails for this testimony” but it was “just thrown to the side.”

“This is the kind of testimony that makes it impossible to come back from,” he said, adding that it is also “unfair” as Trump has to go out on the campaign trail later today.

After other brief discussions, Daniels returned to the stand.

Background on the Case


The hush money case, formally known as People of the State of New York v. Donald J. Trump, is the first of four criminal investigations pending against the former president to go to trial.

 The 34 felony counts of falsifying business records involve a series of incidents and conversations that took place when Trump ran in 2016 for what became a successful election attempt to the White House. He has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing. 

The trial itself is expected to last a few weeks. There are usually no sessions on Wednesdays because of the judge’s schedule. There will be no court on May 17 so Trump can attend the high school graduation for his son Barron; and no court on May 24 to allow travel plans that were already made for the Memorial Day holiday.

Media Coverage Rules


New York state rules do not allow TV cameras during courtroom hearings; pool photographers are allowed in only for a few minutes each day before the session gets started.

There is an overflow room where news media can watch the proceedings live via monitor, but visitors are prohibited from recording and photography in the overflow space.

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