Journalist Says He Saw Trump Editing Speeches For His Stooges (To Give Outside Court)

New York Magazine journalist Andrew Rice said on MSNBC that on Monday he saw Donald Trump editing — during his hush money trial — what his Republican allies would rant about on his behalf outside the courthouse.

Trump acolytes including Sen. J.D. Vance (R-Ohio), Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.) and North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum (R) have this week attended the New York court in a show of support for the former president and presumptive GOP nominee. They’ve also taken to parroting Trump’s complaints about the criminal proceedings outside. Both Vance and Burgum are reportedly in the running to become Trump’s running mate.

Rice recalled: “I could actually look over Trump’s shoulder and see what he was reading, at one point he was actually reading the quotes that these individuals were … and going through and making notations with a pen on the paper.”

It was during former Trump fixer and attorney Michael Cohen’s testimony, he said. Trump “was actually going and going through and annotating and editing the quotes that these people were giving.”

Part of the gag order also prohibits Trump from directing others to say the same things he is not allowed to.

Whether it's carrying out shady business deals or trying to contaminate a jury pool, Trump always relies on his surrogates to do the dirty work for him.

The remarkable thing is just how many GOP underlings he has lined up eager and willing to do his bidding. For some Republican politicians, there seems to be no limit in how far they're willing to go in defending the leader of their party who's consistently scorned the very idea of the rule of law.

The gag order was put in place by Merchan to ensure that the former president does not intimidate or threaten witnesses taking the stand. On Tuesday, a New York appeals court denied Trump's attempt to end the gag order, siding with Merchan.

Trump is allowed to talk about the trial and respond to testimony should he decide to take the stand, though he has the right not to testify in his own trial.

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