Trump Makes History With New York Hush Money Criminal Trial

On Monday, former President Donald Trump will make history as the first former president to face a criminal trial as jury selection commences in Manhattan. The case revolves around hush money paid to porn star Stormy Daniels, adding a layer of complexity as the U.S. election looms in less than seven months, with Trump aiming for a return to the White House.

At 77, Trump faces three other criminal cases entangled in legal disputes, potentially unresolved before the upcoming election. These cases include his efforts to challenge the outcome of the 2020 election and his handling of classified documents post-presidency.

The current trial accuses Trump of falsifying records to conceal a $130,000 payment facilitated by his former lawyer, Michael Cohen, to Daniels during the final days of the 2016 presidential campaign. The payment was intended to secure her silence regarding a purported 2006 sexual encounter with Trump at a Lake Tahoe hotel, which Trump vehemently denies.

Trump, who pleaded not guilty to 34 counts of falsifying business records, frames the accusations as politically motivated assaults designed to hinder his political aspirations. Despite the pending trial, a potential conviction wouldn’t bar him from running for office.

Legal experts note the contrast in the gravity of this case compared to Trump’s other indictments, focusing on extramarital affairs rather than issues like election interference.

The prosecution contends that the payment to Daniels was part of a broader scheme to silence individuals with damaging information about Trump before the 2016 election. Trump’s defense argues that the payments were for legitimate legal services.

Jury selection from a predominantly Democratic pool in Manhattan could be lengthy. Expected witnesses include Daniels and Cohen, with Trump expressing his intent to testify, subjecting himself to rigorous cross-examination.

Prosecutors characterize the payment as part of a “catch and kill” operation to suppress unfavorable stories about Trump before the election. Falsifying business records in New York carries potential felony charges.

Trump’s legal team seeks to undermine Cohen’s credibility, portraying him as a habitual liar. Despite potential limitations on his travel due to trial attendance, Trump may leverage courtroom appearances as impromptu campaign rallies.

Last-minute attempts to delay the trial were rebuffed by judges, indicating the trial’s inevitability and its potential impact on the political landscape.

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