Prosecutors in Trump's NY trial denied request to play 'Access Hollywood' recording

 April 16, 2024

Former President Donald Trump's New York "hush money" trial was off to a wild start Monday morning as jury selection for the trial kicked off.

According to the New York Post, the prosecution has desperately pleaded with the judge overseeing the trial to be able to include Trump's infamous Access Hollywood recording, but to no avail.

However, one of District Attorney Alving Bragg's prosecutors played a sickening trick on the courtroom Monday during jury selection, reciting Trump's infamous recording word-for-word before the judge denied that it could be used.

The prosecutor who snuck in the speech was Joshua Steinglass.

The NY Post noted:

Prosecutor Joshua Steinglass recited Trump's infamous "Access Hollywood" hot mic moment Monday morning, saying Trump's "grab 'em by the p---y" speech word for word. The judge ruled that the tape could not be played for jurors, but testimony about the tape will be allowed in.

Headlines that emerged from day one of Trump's trial included controversy over the former president reportedly not being able to attend his son Barron's high school graduation.

It should be noted that the judge hasn't ruled on whether or not the trial will pause on that day for Barron Trump's graduation.

Additionally, the prosecution asked the judge to sanction Trump for allegedly violating the gag order imposed on him prior to the trial. The request came after Trump disparaged some of the people protected by the gag order on his Truth Social platform.

The former president and his lawyers also asked the judge to pause the trial next week as his presidential immunity claim is argued in the U.S. Supreme Court. Trump remarked on the issue after the judge denied the request.

"It's a scam. If you read all of the legal pundits or the legal scholars today, there's not one that I've seen that said, 'this is a case it should be brought or tried.' It's a scam. It's a political witch hunt. It continues, and it continues forever. And we're not going to be given a fair trial. It's a very, very sad thing," Trump said on his way out of court.

He added, "In addition, as you know, next Thursday, last quarter before the United States Supreme Court, an urgent hearing on immunity and this is something that we've been waiting for. A long time. And the judge, of course, is not going to allow us."

On Tuesday, there was more drama in the courtroom, but prosecutors and the defense were able to agree on seven jurors, leaving only five more to be selected, and then several alternates.

Only time will tell how the trial plays out.