Welcome to a new week. As expected the first criminal trial of Donald Trump is now underway in a NYC courtroom. Both sides delivered their opening statements and the first witness began giving his testimony.

The prosecution started strong with David Pecker as the first on the stand. Notwithstanding his quite appropriate name, the former head honcho of the National Enquirer who ran interference for TFG with his “catch & kill” schemes to deal with stories that would be damaging for the orange one, will return to the stand when the court reconvenes tomorrow morning.

Unfortunately, this trial will not be televised, but the court announced today that they’ll release transcripts… before the end of the following business day. Not exactly the instant gratification we’re used to. So today I’ll share some insights from Laffy’s Mastodon account.

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