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The bribery case against Trump begins

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Judge Juan Merchan’s courtroom in Manhattan is ready for the opening of the trial on Monday. Photo: Seth Wenig / AP / NTB

Of NTB | 15.04.2024 05:43:04

Crime and justice: Trump is indicted for violating the Accounting Act in connection with a payment of $130,000 from Trump’s then-lawyer Michael Cohen to porn actress Stormy Daniels in 2016.

The payment took place just before the US presidential election, which Trump won. Daniels allegedly received the money to keep a lid on the fact that she and Trump had had sex in a hotel ten years earlier. Trump himself is scheduled to be present when the case begins in New York today.

The indictment against Trump is about the fact that he allegedly tried to hide the fact that he transferred money to Cohen, after the payment to Daniels. The ex-president is charged with 34 cases of falsification of business documents. Since the goal is said to have been to get Daniels to keep quiet about the incident in 2006, the court case is called “the bribery case”.

Trump denies the two ever had sex. At the alleged time, he had been married for a year and a half to his third wife, Melania, who later became the first lady of the United States.

Trump has repeatedly lashed out at both Daniels and Cohen, who is now set to testify against Trump in the trial. They are both “sleaze bags” who have cost the United States dearly with their lies, Trump recently claimed.

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