Trump trial: Trump hit with contempt, witnesses detail Stormy Daniels deal

Stormy Daniels' former attorney testified on Day 9 of Trump's hush money trial.

Former President Donald Trump is on trial in New York City, where he is facing felony charges related to a 2016 hush money payment to adult film actress Stormy Daniels. It marks the first time in history that a former U.S. president has been tried on criminal charges.

Trump last April pleaded not guilty to a 34-count indictment charging him with falsifying business records in connection with a hush money payment his then-attorney Michael Cohen made to Daniels in order to boost his electoral prospects in the 2016 presidential election.

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Trump, following court, again calls case unfair

Exiting the courtroom following the day's testimony, former President Trump reiterated claims that the case is unfair and that he should be campaigning instead of sitting in court.

"I'm sitting here because that's exactly what they want," Trump said. "They don't want me on the campaign trail. But it's a real -- a real disgrace and the whole world is watching. It's a disgrace to New York."

Trump also railed against the limited gag order in the case, for which the judge this morning fined him $9,000 and ordered him to remove nine social media posts.

"This gag order is not only unique, it's totally unconstitutional," Trump opined, calling Judge Merchan "conflicted."

Asked by a reporter what he meant by "conflicted," Trump brusquely turned to respond.

"You can figure that one out easily," he said.

-ABC News' Mike Pappano

Court recessed until Thursday

Following attorney Keith Davidson's testimony about Michael Cohen providing the $130,000 payment for Stormy Daniels' hush money deal, Judge Juan Merchan recessed the proceedings for the day.

With court off on Wednesday, he told the jury to report back at at 10 a.m. ET Thursday, allowing 30 minutes for a gag order hearing scheduled for the same day.

Davidson tells how Cohen finally made $130K payment

On Oct. 25, 2016, National Enquirer editor Dylan Howard made a push to restart the Daniels deal after Michael Cohen failed to come up with the agreed-upon $130,000 hush money payment, Stormy Daniels' then-attorney Keith Davidson testified.

"Push for the cash. [David Pecker] and I just told [Cohen] he has to pay the 150K," Howard texted Davidson that day, according to evidence.

"It was an attempt to resurrect this deal that had fallen apart," Davidson testified. "They were encouraging Cohen to deal directly with me and that I should try to get as much as I could up to $150,000."

"The entire matter was frustrating, that it was on again, off again, that there were delays in funding and cancellations," Davidson said about the entire Daniels transaction.

According to Davidson, Cohen continued to push back on the deal despite the encouragement from Howard and National Enquirer publisher David Pecker.

"When I call Cohen, he says I am not paying anything. AMI is paying," a frustrated Davidson testified.

On Oct. 26, 2016, Davidson said that he resent Cohen the instructions for where to wire the payment.

Asked why he resent the instructions, Davidson cited Cohen's repeated assertion that "he didn't have my wiring instructions despite the fact that they were repeatedly sent to him previously."

"He said, 'We are sending you the money,'" Davidson recounted Cohen saying on Oct. 26, 2016.

"I told him I didn't believe him," Davidson testified.

According to Davidson, Cohen then emailed him the wire transfer confirmation from First Republic Bank to prove that the money was sent.

But Davidson said he still did not believe the money was sent, despite the email.

"It meant nothing to me," Davidson said, adding that Cohen’s email only confirmed he had the money, not that he had sent it.

Earlier testimony from Cohen's banker detailed how Cohen ultimately completed the transfer of funds on Oct. 27, 2016.

Davidson suggests he assumed Trump would fund Daniels' payment

When court resumed following the afternoon break, prosecutor Joshua Steinglass continued his direct examination of Stormy Daniels' attorney Keith Davidson.

Davidson testified that while Michael Cohen did not directly say he was negotiating the hush money deal on behalf of Donald Trump, it was implied throughout their negotiations.

"He leaned on his close affiliation with Donald Trump," Davidson said, adding that for Cohen, working for Trump was "part of his identity."

As a result, Davidson suggested he assumed that Donald Trump would ultimately fund the $130,000 payment to Daniels.

"It was my understanding that Mr. Trump was the beneficiary of this contract," Davidson said. He added that the beneficiary of a contract normally pays the contract -- but Judge Merchan struck that portion of his testimony.

Steinglass then attempted to get a clear answer to confirm that Davidson believed Trump would ultimately be responsible for Daniels' payment, but defense lawyer Emil Bove successfully interrupted the testimony through multiple objections and sidebars.

Davidson testified that in October 2016, National Enquirer editor Dylan Howard joked to Davidson about Trump's frugality, which Davidson said he believed was getting in the way of Daniels' contract being completed.

"I reckon that trump impersonator I hired has more cash," Howard said in a text to Davidson that was displayed for the jury.

Appeals court denies Trump's bid to have judge recused

An appellate court has denied former President Trump's bid to have Judge Juan Merchan recused from his hush money trial.

Trump's application sought a stay of the proceedings and Merchan's recusal.

Both were denied without explanation by the appellate judge.