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A judge refused to stop Trump from making annoying social media posts about Stormy Daniels and Michael Cohen, saying they could be used as evidence that he knew he was guilty

The Trump ruling was remarkable for what it has not done yet regarding evidence that could be used as potential indication of 'consciousness of guilt.'

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Michael Cohen (Photo by Yana Paskova/Getty Images), Donald Trump (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell), Stormy Daniels (Photo via Tara Ziemba_Getty Images)

In a ruling on the Manhattan district attorney's hush-money criminal case against Donald Trump, the judge mostly sided with the prosecutors, allowing certain evidence to be referenced at trial but not played for the jury. Access Hollywood tape to be referenced at trial but not played for the jury and rejecting a “presence of counsel” defense. However, the ruling did not address evidence that might be used to show a “consciousness of guilt.”

At the end of the ruling, the judge talked about four categories of evidence that the Manhattan DA has said will show the former president knew he did something wrong.

The evidence mentioned by the DA includes Trump's efforts to stop his former fixer Michael Cohen from cooperating with federal investigators, Trump's annoying social media comments about Cohen and Stormy Daniels, a dropped $500 million lawsuit against Cohen, and Trump's support for aggressive attacks on opponents. In a footnote, the judge noted that the defense argued that some of the statements the DA wants to show were “official acts” because of “Presidential Immunity.”

In the end, Michael Cohen, the former Trump lawyer who went to federal prison for his role in trying to cover up the Stormy Daniels affair by using Essential Consultants, LLC, to pay the porn star $130,000 weeks before the 2016 election, will testify in court despite the defense's attempts to oppose his involvement in the case completely. Daniels will also testify.

Check out the judge's decision here.

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