Trump Refutes Claims of Nodding Off in Court: "I Just Close My Beautiful Blue Eyes"

Written by Henrik Rothen

May.04 - 2024 6:27 PM CET

Donald Trump hits back at claims he slept in court, asserting he was 'intensely listening' with his eyes closed.

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As Donald Trump faces ongoing legal scrutiny, he finds himself embroiled not only in serious allegations but now also in accusations of falling asleep during court proceedings.

Throughout the first three days of his appearance in a New York court—where he's accused of making hush payments to adult film star Stormy Daniels ahead of the 2016 election—journalists have observed moments where the former president appeared to nod off.

"Fake News," Claims Trump

Trump, however, staunchly denies these allegations.

On his platform Truth Social, he responded to the claims, saying,

"Contrary to what the fake news media are writing, I did not fall asleep during this corrupt prosecutor’s witch hunt. I just sometimes close my beautiful blue eyes when I listen intently and absorb everything."

This statement has been widely reported, with major outlets like CNN covering his rebuttal.

The Background of the Case

Michael Cohen, Trump's former special counsel, admitted to paying approximately $130,000 to Daniels, ostensibly to keep quiet about her alleged affair with Trump.

While this payment itself isn't illegal, prosecutors argue that labeling it as a business expense for legal fees constitutes document forgery.

This trial is merely the first of four major legal battles Trump faces. Other cases allege efforts to overturn the 2020 election results in Georgia, obstruct congressional proceedings, and improperly handle confidential documents from the White House.

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