Major Development In NY vs Trump Case

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( – On Monday, former President Donald Trump’s criminal trial is going to resume following the third week of the trial during which key witnesses gave their testimony. Trump is also facing thousands of dollars in fines and could potentially be facing a lot more in fines. 

The former President is facing 34 counts of falsifying business records in the first degree following a probe from the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office. The charges stem from a hush money payment that had been made on his behalf to adult film actress Stormy Daniels ahead of the 2016 presidential election in an attempt to keep her quiet about their alleged affair. Trump has denied the affair and has pleaded not guilty to all charges. 

DA Alvin Bragg will need to prove to the Jury that Trump had not only falsified business records relating to the transaction but that he had done so in a conspiracy to prevent or promote the election. Individually both of these charges are misdemeanor charges.

In the third week of the trial, many key witnesses took the stand including Keith Davidson, who had been an attorney formerly representing Playboy model Karen McDougal and Stormy Daniels. Davidson argued that Trump’s denial of the affair is technically true, and claimed that the payment made to Daniels had been a “consideration” not a payoff. During the cross-examination, Trump’s lawyers had played a recording between Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen, who had arranged the payment, and Davidson during which Cohen had explicitly stated he did not have the authority from Trump to pay Daniels.

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