Don Jr., Tiffany Trump attend hush money trial closing arguments—Melania, Ivanka skip it

 May 29, 2024

Eric Trump, Donald Trump Jr., and Tiffany Trump, the children of former President Donald Trump, are present at the courthouse on Tuesday for the closing arguments of their father's criminal trial. 

This is a rare appearance by the family of the former president at the courthouse, as Trump has brought a rotating entourage of political allies to the courthouse, as Forbs reported.

Tiffany Trump made her first appearance in court on Tuesday, and Donald Trump Jr. appeared in court twice: initially, last week, when the defense presented its case, and then again on Tuesday, when closing arguments were presented. Her presence comfirmed what have at times only been rumors, that the former president has the support of his younger daughter.

The Second Son

Eric Trump, the son of former President Donald Trump, is the only one of the former president's children who has been present repeatedly during the trial.

He has been seen in court on multiple occasions and has voiced his disapproval of the proceedings on various social media platforms. On Tuesday, he was present with his wife, Lara Trump, who is also the co-chair of the Republican National Committee.

Donald Trump Jr. came to court twice—last week as the defense presented its case and on Tuesday for closing arguments—and Tiffany Trump made her first appearance Tuesday.

Trump has brought a number of politicians to court, including former Trump attorney Michael Cohen and adult film star Stormy Daniels, who have both testified.

Other Support

According to The New York Times, Trump's advisers have been arranging for a group of supporters to attend the trial in order to "buoy [Trump] up" and speak out against the case. This is especially important considering that Trump is prohibited from speaking out against witnesses himself due to a gag order.

When Daniels testified on May 9, Sen. Rick Scott, a Republican from Florida, was the first major Republican official to arrive with Trump in court.

Sens. Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) and JD Vance (R-OH) arrived for the first day of Cohen's testimony. House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) showed up at the courthouse the following day, on May 14, but it is reported that he never actually entered the courtroom.

A total of perhaps twenty-five members of Congress have been there, including Reps. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) and Lauren Boebert (R-CO) who are both said to have appeared in court on the third day of Cohen's testimony.

More Politicians

Vivek Ramaswamy, a former presidential candidate, Doug Burgum, the governor of North Dakota, and Pam Bondi, a former attorney general of Florida, are among the other politicians who have appeared at the trial.

Other Trump supporters, such as attorney Alan Dershowitz, former Trump administration intelligence official Kash Patel, comedian Joe Piscopo, former Trump advisor Sebastian Gorka, and Chuck Zito, an actor and the former leader of Hells Angels in New York, have also been present.

In addition to his defense team, a number of Trump advisors and attorneys have also been present at the trial.

These individuals include attorney Alina Habba, who is not representing the former president in this case, as well as advisors Boris Epshteyn and Jason Miller. Andrew Giuliani, the son of former Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani, has also been a consistent presence at the trial.

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