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Jury finds Donald Trump guilty on all 34 counts at hush money trial

Jury finds Donald Trump guilty on all 34 counts at hush money trial

DONALD Trump became the first U.S. president to be convicted of a crime when a New York jury found him guilty of falsifying documents to cover up a payment to silence a porn star ahead of the 2016 election. After deliberations over two days, the 12-member jury announced it had found Trump guilty on all 34 counts he faced. Unanimity was required for any verdict. Trump watched the jurors dispassionately as they were polled to confirm the guilty verdict. Justice Juan Merchan set sentencing for July 11, days before the July 15 start of the Republican National Convention expected to formally…
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Prosecutor says Trump hush money payment undermined 2016 election as trial nears end

Prosecutor says Trump hush money payment undermined 2016 election as trial nears end

A New York prosecutor told jurors that Donald Trump engaged in a conspiracy to corrupt the 2016 election and then tried to cover it up, as lawyers made their closing arguments in the former U.S. president's criminal hush money trial. Prosecutor Joshua Steinglass told jurors they would need to assess whether Trump, 77, falsified business documents to cover up a hush money payment to a porn star in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election. But he said they also needed to consider broader political concerns, such as the possibility that Trump and allies like tabloid publisher David Pecker undermined…
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Takeaways from Trump’s estranged lawyer Michael Cohen’s trial testimony

Takeaways from Trump’s estranged lawyer Michael Cohen’s trial testimony

DONALD Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen testified at the former U.S. president's criminal trial this week, asserting he had Trump's "signoff" to buy a porn star's silence and undergoing a cross-examination by Trump's lawyers. Trump has pleaded not guilty to falsifying business records to cover up Cohen's $130,000 payment to adult film star Stormy Daniels before the 2016 election about a sexual encounter she says they had in 2006. Trump denies an encounter. Defence lawyer Todd Blanche is expected to resume cross-examining Cohen, the star prosecution witness, on Thursday. Here are five milestones from Cohen's testimony so far: * 'Just do it' Cohen testified on Monday…
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Trump’s ex-fixer Cohen testifies about secret hush money payment to porn star

Trump’s ex-fixer Cohen testifies about secret hush money payment to porn star

DONALD Trump's former fixer Michael Cohen resumed testifying at the Republican presidential candidate's criminal trial, a day after telling jurors that Trump personally authorized him to make a hush money payment to a porn star weeks before the 2016 election. Cohen, once so loyal to Trump that he claimed he would take a bullet for his boss, is the prosecution's star witness. In hours of testimony on Monday, he said Trump ordered him to pay the adult film actress, Stormy Daniels - "Just do it," Cohen remembered Trump saying - to ensure her silence about an alleged 2006 sexual encounter. Cohen's $130,000 payment in…
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Trump lawyer questions Stormy Daniels’ account of sex with Trump

Trump lawyer questions Stormy Daniels’ account of sex with Trump

Donald Trump's lawyer sought to show inconsistencies in porn star Stormy Daniels' various tellings of a 2006 sexual encounter she has said she had with Trump, part of an effort on Thursday to undermine her credibility as a witness in the first criminal trial of a sitting or former U.S. president. Her unflattering account of a sexual encounter with Trump in a Lake Tahoe hotel suite while he was married to his wife Melania riveted jurors on Tuesday and reminded U.S. voters of some of the more lurid aspects of his 2017-2021 presidency as he campaigns to win back the White House this year.…
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Who is Stormy Daniels, a key prosecution witness in Trump’s hush money cover-up trial?

Who is Stormy Daniels, a key prosecution witness in Trump’s hush money cover-up trial?

ADULT film star Stormy Daniels says her life descended into chaos after news broke of her alleged 2006 sexual encounter with Donald Trump. Now, she is a crucial prosecution witness in the first-ever criminal trial of a former U.S. president. Trump, 77, is accused of covering up his reimbursement to former lawyer Michael Cohen for a $130,000 payment to Daniels to buy her silence before the 2016 election about the alleged sexual encounter, which took place while he was married to his third wife, Melania. Trump has pleaded not guilty to 34 counts of falsifying business records to cover up the…
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Analysis: Trump indictment on hush money charges brings few new facts

Analysis: Trump indictment on hush money charges brings few new facts

JACK QUEEN, LUC COHEN and JACQUELINE THOMSEN THE long-awaited charges against Donald Trump centring on hush money payments to suppress damaging news stories ahead of the 2016 election revealed few new details about a case that prosecutors have probed on and off for five years. Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg said on Tuesday that Trump made false records in his family real estate company's books to conceal that he reimbursed his personal lawyer Michael Cohen for a $130,000 hush money payment before the 2016 election to a woman who says she had an affair with him. The case marks the first time…
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