Prosecutors Focus on Payments in Trump Hush Money Trial

Prosecutors Focus on Payments in Trump Hush Money Trial

In Donald Trump’s criminal trial, prosecutors are planning to call more witnesses. They want to show that Trump illegally tried to hide payment to a woman who acted in ad**t films just before the 2016 election.

The prosecutors have presented evidence showing that Trump signed documents related to the payments.

They want to prove over the next two weeks that Trump, who is running for president again, tried to cover up this payment illegally.

Recently, the jurors saw 34 business records.

The prosecutors claim these records were changed by Trump to hide that he repaid his lawyer, Michael Cohen, who made a $130,000 payment to Stormy Daniels.

Daniels received the money to keep quiet about a se***l encounter she alleges she had with Trump in 2006.

Trump has pleaded not guilty and denies allegations of having a se***l encounter with Stephanie Clifford, also known as Stormy Daniels.

A former Trump employee testified that Trump’s top financial officer informed him that payments to Michael Cohen, Trump’s former lawyer, were reimbursements for campaign-related expenses.

This testimony challenges Trump’s lawyers’ argument that the payments were for legal services.

Prosecutors Focus on Payment in Trump Hush Money Trial
Prosecutors Focus on Payments in Trump Hush Money Trial

However, neither this employee nor another who testified could confirm if Trump himself instructed the falsification of records to conceal payments to Cohen.

This lack of evidence may be addressed by additional testimony sought by prosecutors.

The jurors in a trial haven’t heard from Michael Cohen or Stormy Daniels yet.

They also haven’t heard from Karen McDougal, who’s a former Playboy model.

She was paid $150,000 by the National Enquirer during the 2016 campaign for her story about an alleged affair with Donald Trump in 2006 and 2007.

The former publisher of the tabloid, David Pecker, testified that they never published McDougal’s story because of an agreement with Trump to hide stories that could hurt his campaign.

On the same day, Pecker testified, there was a “swatting” incident aimed at him. Swatting is when someone calls the police with a fake threat to trigger a dangerous response.

Trump says the trial is just a way for his opponents to try to hurt his chances of winning the next election against Joe Biden.

Judge Juan Merchan has fined Donald Trump $10,000 and warned him that he could go to jail if he breaks a rule.

This rule prevents him from talking publicly about jurors, witnesses, or their families if it is meant to interfere with the case.

This case isn’t as big as the three others Trump is handling, but it’s the only one that will go to trial before the election.

In other cases, Trump is accused of trying to change the result of the 2020 election and not handling secret documents correctly after he left office. Trump says he didn’t do anything wrong in any of these cases.

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