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He Was Not Sleeping": Defense Counsel Explains Trump's Closed Eyes During Court Proceedings

Concentration, Not Sleep": Trump's Lawyer Defends Closed Eyes in Court

Todd Blanche, the attorney spearheading Donald Trump’s defense against hush money allegations, asserts that the former president was fully engaged, not dozing off, during courtroom sessions. "He was not sleeping, and I think eventually the press realized he wasn’t sleeping," Blanche emphasized in a recent segment of the “For the Defense With David Oscar Markus” podcast, as highlighted by the MeidasTouch network. "His eyes would be closed, but he would be concentrating," Blanche affirmed, noting Trump's method of staying focused by jotting down notes to confirm his attentiveness.

Let’s face it, sitting in court all day is really freaking boring, even if you’re the defendant," Blanche remarked, elaborating that Trump would occasionally close his eyes to unwind but was never in need of a wake-up call. However, numerous observers, including journalists and Trump's former attorney Michael Cohen, have contended that Trump appeared to be asleep for significant stretches of the proceedings. MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell observed Trump's eyes closed for almost 90% of one court day, while Cohen stated Trump's eyes were shut "at least 95% of the time.

Despite reports suggesting otherwise, Trump and his camp maintain his alertness. Trump attributed his closed eyes to "taking it all in" and the courtroom's brightness. Some supporters, like Fox News’ Jesse Watters, even speculated Trump was in a "meditative state." Notably, during the trial's first day, The New York Times’ Maggie Haberman reported a moment where Blanche passed notes to Trump for "several minutes" before Trump seemingly awakened.

Ultimately, jurors reached a verdict last week, finding Trump guilty on all 34 counts related to falsifying business records in connection with a hush money payment to adult film actress Stormy Daniels before the 2016 election.

In conclusion, while Todd Blanche staunchly defends Donald Trump's closed eyes in court as a sign of concentration rather than sleep, conflicting reports persist regarding Trump's level of alertness during the trial. Despite assertions from Trump and his allies that he was fully engaged, observations from journalists and former associates paint a different picture. Regardless of the controversy surrounding Trump's courtroom demeanor, the recent verdict of guilt on all charges underscores the legal ramifications he now faces. As the legal saga unfolds, the debate over Trump's courtroom behavior adds another layer to the ongoing scrutiny of his actions and accountability.