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Hunter Biden criminal trial jury told ‘no one is above the law’

Hunter Biden criminal trial jury told ‘no one is above the law’

HUNTER Biden's criminal trial on gun charges kicked off with a government lawyer telling jurors that President Joe Biden's son was being prosecuted for lying on a form he filled out to purchase a handgun and was not above the law. Derek Hines, a Department of Justice lawyer, began his opening arguments by walking jurors through the events of October 2018, when Hunter Biden purchased the gun but allegedly lied on his background check about his drug use. "It was illegal because he was a user of crack and a drug addict," Hines told the jury. "No one is above the law."…
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Trump’s hush money trial: how would a verdict affect the 2024 election?

Trump’s hush money trial: how would a verdict affect the 2024 election?

JURORS hearing the first-ever criminal trial of a former U.S. president began their deliberations in Donald Trump's hush money case, weighing a verdict with potentially big implications for the 2024 White House race. Trump has pleaded not guilty to 34 counts of falsifying business records to cover up a payment that bought the silence of porn star Stormy Daniels shortly before the 2016 election. Daniels had threatened to go public with her account of an alleged 2006 sexual encounter with Trump, a liaison he denies. The New York case is widely seen as the least consequential of the four criminal prosecutions Trump faces. But it…
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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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Stormy Daniels’ testimony at Donald Trump’s trial: Five takeaways

Stormy Daniels’ testimony at Donald Trump’s trial: Five takeaways

STORMY Daniels took the witness stand at Donald Trump’s criminal trial and described in lurid detail her alleged 2006 sexual encounter with the former U.S. president. Trump has pleaded not guilty to Manhattan prosecutors’ charges he falsified business records to cover up his former lawyer’s $130,000 payment to Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, for her silence before the 2016 election. Here are five takeaways from the first day of Daniels’ testimony: * Daniels testified confidently Daniels appeared at ease in recounting for the jury her story of a sexual encounter with Trump in a Lake Tahoe hotel room in 2006. She spoke in…
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Stormy Daniels offers unflattering testimony about sex with Trump

Stormy Daniels offers unflattering testimony about sex with Trump

PORN star Stormy Daniels described her 2006 encounter with Donald Trump in unflattering terms at his criminal trial, testifying she tried not to think about the sex while it took place and feared it would become public. For several hours Daniels, 45, offered riveting details on the witness stand about her encounter with Trump, 77, and the hush-money deal she reached to stay quiet about it ahead of the 2016 election when he won the White House. She told jurors that her life descended into "chaos" after the arrangement was made public in 2018, saying she was ostracized and harassed at her…
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Judge warns Trump of potential jail time for violating gag order

Judge warns Trump of potential jail time for violating gag order

The judge in Donald Trump's criminal trial fined him $1,000 and held him in contempt of court for a 10th time for violating a gag order and warned that further violations could land the former president in jail. Justice Juan Merchan said the nine $1,000 fines he had imposed so far did not seem to be deterring the wealthy business mogul from violating the order, which bars him from speaking publicly about jurors and witnesses in the first criminal trial of a former U.S. president. “I do not want to impose a jail sanction and have done everything I can to…
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Former Trump aide Hope Hicks testifies that she did not expect presidential bid

Former Trump aide Hope Hicks testifies that she did not expect presidential bid

HOPE Hicks, a former top aide to Donald Trump, told jurors at his criminal trial that she was surprised when he decided to run for president in 2015. Called to testify on the trial's 11th day, Hicks was expected to face questions about efforts during that 2016 presidential campaign to bury stories about his alleged sexual misbehaviour. Hicks is the first person who worked directly for Trump to testify in the first trial of a former U.S. president. Jurors have already heard accounts from outsiders about a hush money payment to porn star Stormy Daniels. Trump has pleaded not guilty to…
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At Trump trial, Pecker says he killed story of affair even though it cost him

At Trump trial, Pecker says he killed story of affair even though it cost him

FORMER testified at Donald Trump's criminal trial that he suppressed a story about an alleged affair to help Trump's 2016 presidential bid, even though it would have boosted sales of his tabloid. Testifying for a third day, Pecker, 72, agreed with a prosecutor who asked whether it would have been "National Enquirer gold" to publish the story of former Playboy model Karen McDougal's claim that she had an affair with Trump in 2006 and 2007. But Pecker said he opted not to run the story after paying McDougal for it, because it would have hurt the Republican Trump's chances of winning…
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Trump faces criminal trial, a historic first for a former president

Trump faces criminal trial, a historic first for a former president

DONALD Trump became the first former U.S. president to stand criminal trial when he appeared in a Manhattan court to face charges stemming from a hush-money payment to a porn star that could complicate his bid to win back the White House. Wearing his signature blue suit and red tie, Trump, 77, sat expressionless at the defence table with his attorneys while photographers snapped his picture. Justice Juan Merchan, who is overseeing the trial, entered about half an hour later. Trump is required to attend the trial, which is expected to last through May. The selection of 12 jurors and six…
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Trump repeats attack on ex-lawyer on eve of trial despite gag order

Trump repeats attack on ex-lawyer on eve of trial despite gag order

DONALD Trump once again attacked his former lawyer Michael Cohen, potentially testing the limits of a gag order that bars him from making public statements about witnesses concerning their testimony in his upcoming criminal trial in New York. In a post on his Truth Social platform, the former president wrote, "Has disgraced attorney and felon Michael Cohen been prosecuted for LYING? Only TRUMP people get prosecuted by this Judge and these thugs!" Cohen is expected to be a key witness for the prosecution at the trial, which is scheduled to begin with jury selection on Monday and will be the first criminal trial ever of…
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