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Stormy Daniels testimony marks Trump trial

Photo: Jeenah Moon Agence France-Presse In the midst of the campaign against outgoing Democratic President Joe Biden, Donald Trump is on trial for 34 accounting falsification offenses for concealment in the accounts of his holding company.

Andréa Bambino – Agence France-Presse

Published at 6:25 p.m. Updated at 6:34 p.m.

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A third week of debates ended Friday at the trial of Donald Trump in New York, marked by the raw testimony of pornographic actress Stormy Daniels, before the highly anticipated hearing of the former lawyer turned sworn enemy of the former American president.

Before the hearing was adjourned, one of the prosecutors, Joshua Steinglass, indicated that the prosecution intended to call two witnesses to the stand from Monday, without revealing which ones, and indicated that it was “completely possible” that she will be finished in a week.

Most commentators predict that her former lawyer, Michael Cohen, could begin testifying as early as Monday. It was he who made the hidden payments of $130,000 to Stormy Daniels at the origin of these unprecedented criminal proceedings against a former American president.

Michael Cohen , who says he acted at the request of the Republican candidate to ensure the silence of the actress in the last days of the campaign for the 2016 presidential election, won by the wire, has since turned against his former boss .

In the midst of the campaign against outgoing Democratic President Joe Biden, Donald Trump is on trial for 34 counts of accounting falsification for concealing the reimbursement of sums to his lawyer at the time in the accounts of his holding company, the Trump Organization. He risks a conviction and potentially a prison sentence, with still incalculable consequences on the electorate.

Although the facts are less serious than those with which he is accused in the three other criminal proceedings against him, this trial is all the more important as it could be the only one to be held before the November 5 vote.

Only the Donald Trump's federal trial in Washington for unlawful attempts to overturn the results of the 2020 election could still begin before that deadline, provided the Supreme Court quickly rejects the immunity he claims as ex-president .

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Threatened with prison

The week opened on Monday with a new warning shot from judge Juan Merchan, who after having imposed a series of fines on him for having verbally attacked witnesses and jurors, in violation of his instructions, threatened him with prison in the event of repeat offenses.

Like every day, the Republican candidate denounced on Friday a “horrible” trial intended according to him to prevent him from campaigning, but declared that he would be at a meeting on Saturday in neighboring New Jersey.

Since its opening on April 15, the trial has alternated pieces of judicial bravura and dry, very technical sequences.

Thus, the dramatic tension has subsided afterwards the extensive testimony Tuesday and Thursday of Stormy Daniels, who recounted in great detail the sexual relationship she claims to have had with him in 2006, and fought step by step the defense's attempts to discredit her story.

An affair that Donald Trump, then already married to his current wife Melania, categorically denies.

On Friday, one of his direct assistants at the White House took the stand, two specialists from telephone companies, then two legal assistants who read exchanges of messages between protagonists in the case, particularly relating to the financial negotiations for the exclusivity of Stormy Daniels' story.

One of the challenges of the debates is to determine what Donald Trump knew about these behind-the-scenes negotiations to buy his silence.

If he were elected again, he could, once inaugurated in January 2025, order the abandonment of the two federal proceedings against him, in Washington, but also in Florida, where he is being prosecuted for withholding classified documents after his departure from the White House.

Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116