Donald Trump Faces Trial for Falsifying Business Records in Stormy Daniels Case

Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, is set to face trial in New York for falsifying business records in the Stormy Daniels case. This marks the first criminal prosecution of a former president in American history. The trial, which is expected to last for six to eight weeks, will commence on April 15 with jury selection.

Trump is accused of orchestrating a $130,000 payment to adult film actor Stormy Daniels in the final days of the 2016 campaign to prevent her from disclosing their alleged sexual encounter. The indictment alleges that Trump falsified business records to cover up the payment, including sending $420,000 to his lawyer Michael Cohen in installments during his early months as president.

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg aims to prove that Trump instructed Cohen to make the payment in an effort to influence the 2016 election by suppressing damaging stories about him. Trump has pleaded not guilty and denies the allegations made by Daniels.

Judge Juan Manuel Merchan has ordered Trump to be present in the courtroom every day the court is in session. Trump is under a gag order that prohibits him from making public statements regarding the case. Violating this order could result in Trump losing access to the names of jurors, hindering his legal team’s ability to research their public stances or political preferences.

If convicted, Trump could face a maximum prison sentence of four years for each of the 34 Class E felony charges. Merchan has indicated that he takes white-collar crime seriously and could potentially sentence Trump to prison, although probation remains a possibility.

During the trial, Trump’s campaign activities will be limited to weekends, evenings, and Wednesdays. The verdict is expected to be delivered in late June or early July, just before Trump’s acceptance of the Republican Party’s nomination at the Republican National Convention in Milwaukee.

Former lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen, who pleaded guilty to federal campaign finance violations related to facilitating payoffs to Daniels and Karen McDougal, is expected to be the main witness for the prosecution. McDougal, a former Playboy model who alleged a 10-month affair with Trump, may also testify. The prosecution may introduce payments made to McDougal and a former Trump Tower doorman as evidence of a broader scheme to influence the 2016 election.

Apart from this trial, Trump faces three other criminal cases, including a federal case related to subverting the 2020 presidential election and a Florida-based federal case involving the refusal to return classified documents. Additionally, a state-level case in Georgia accuses Trump of scheming to overturn the 2020 election.

Author: CrimeDoor

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