The former US president denies criminal charges on all 34 charges against him.
On Tuesday, he met Donald Trump at a historic hearing in Manhattan, New York. For the first time, a former US president has been charged and arrested in a criminal case.
Neither the alleged affair nor the so-called “hush money” of former pornographic actress Stormy Daniels is illegal in and of itself.
The crux of the matter is how the payments are recorded.
- The plea for Daniels was made by former Donald Trump attorney Michael Cohen, which the former president himself has admitted.
- Cohen admitted that he paid Daniels — and claimed that Trump later repaid the amount.
- The reimbursements must have been made in bills identified as “legal expenses”, which the prosecution believed were false and manifestly illegal.
That, and other “hush money” related payments, is pretty much what the 34 counts of commercial fraud and account fraud are about.
In addition, prosecutors believe Trump led a pressure campaign on Cohen to prevent him from cooperating with the justice system.
First and foremost, this court case concerns the 2016 elections.
The fact that Trump is accused of 34 counts means no He is accused of 34 different crimes.
Each charge represents separate cases of the alleged crimes, but not necessarily different crimes.
In other words: Trump has been accused of breaking the law 34 times.
As far as I can tell, Trump is in serious legal trouble, but it is far from certain that he will be found guilty in this case.
This is what American expert and Civita advisor Eric Luckey told VG.
The central point is the purpose of these money transfers, which is to prevent the story of Stormy Daniels and other women from being published during the 2016 election, he explains.
Lökke believes the big question is whether the prosecution will be able to prove that this was exactly the purpose.
Trump left the court: denies the criminal charge
Manhattan (VG) Donald Trump is the first former president in American history to be indicted in a criminal case.
This is what we know so far
Prosecutors accuse Trump of repeated fraud and falsifying business records in New York to cover up criminal behavior that withheld harmful information from voters in the 2016 presidential election.
– From August 2015 to December 2017, the defendant initiated a plan with others to influence the presidential elections in 2016, according to court documents.
The purpose, they write, is to identify and purchase negative information about Trump to prevent it from becoming public knowledge.
This was, according to the indictment, to increase Trump’s chances of being elected president.
They also accuse the former president of repaying the $130,000 that Stormy Daniels received from Michael Cohen through a series of monthly payments.
First from a kind of fund that owns all the assets of the Trump Organization, created after he was elected president, and then from his own bank account.
The indictment contradicts Trump’s claims that his payments to Cohen were for legal aid.
Prosecutors write that the payments were disguised as legal aid payments – which they believe were forgeries of business documents to hide his and others’ “criminal conduct”.
During a press conference after the court session, the Prague Public Prosecutor said that the money that circulated was diverted to the tax authorities.
Real and accurate business documents matter everywhere, but especially in Manhattan as the world’s financial center, says the attorney general, according to The New York Times.
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Trump’s lawyer: – Not a good day
Todd Blanche, one of Donald Trump’s lawyers, commented on the case when the court session ended. CNN He quotes it as follows:
– This is not a good day. You don’t expect this to happen to someone who’s been the president of the United States,” he said outside the courtroom in Manhattan.
Blanche said his client was “disappointed” and “upset”.
– He said we will fight hard against the charges.
Republican Mitt Romney wrote in a statement that he believes President Trump’s character and behavior make him unfit to become president.
– However, I believe New York prosecutors have stretched these charges to fit a political agenda, says Romney.
“Catch and kill”
Prosecutors believe that President Trump and others agreed to identify and suppress negative stories about him.
— the “hunt and kill” method of drowning out negative information, as they call it.
That is, the plan was to identify harmful information and then prevent it from being made public.
– Two persons who were parties to this agreement confessed to committing criminal acts related to this agreement, as stated in the documents.
It also says a media mogul admitted to paying a source to ensure no hurtful stories surfaced before the presidential election.
The story was from a janitor at Trump Tower, who claimed to know a child Trump allegedly had out of wedlock.
That story paid the media mogul $30,000 for exclusive rights to it, according to court documents.
When the media mogul later concluded that the story wasn’t true, he wanted to cancel the agreement with the doorman.
The documents indicate that Trump’s lawyer advised the pole to wait until after the presidential elections.
He must agree in the Oval Office
Moreover, in the court documents, they point to episodes in which it is discussed who and how the money should be paid and repaid to cover up information that could harm Trump’s election campaign.
In the end, they came up with the meager $420,000 that Trump owed in “hush money.”
This was to be paid in 12 monthly installments in invoices sent to Trump through Trump Organization employees. The bills were released for legal aid, but prosecutors believe that was manifestly incorrect.
This agreement was finalized in President Trump’s Oval Office, the documents say.
The Attorney General believes that these payments are illegal.
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Everyone is equal before the law
Attorney General Alvin Bragg is leading the investigation against the former president.
In a statement shortly after the court hearing, he said the following:
We cannot allow corporations in New York to tamper with their documents to cover up crime. Everyone is equal before the law.
During a press conference at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, Bragg will comment further.
– As this office has done time and time again, today we maintain our responsibility to ensure that everyone is equal before the law. No amount of money or power changes that, Bragg asserts.
The charges against Trump carry a maximum sentence of four years. However, Trump writes, it is unlikely he will be jailed Washington Post.
The charge does not carry the mandatory prison sentence, regardless of whether Trump is found guilty on all counts, he writes. Newspaper.
The next hearing is scheduled for December 4 in New York.
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