Trump hush money trial live: Stormy Daniels' testimony sparks tense exchanges

by 24britishtvMay 7, 2024, 6:01 p.m. 24
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While the court is on a lunch break, it's worth reminding ourselves what this trial is all about.

Trump has been charged with business fraud over hush-money payments to ex-porn actress Stormy Daniels.

Daniels claims she and Trump had sex, and that she accepted $130,000 (£104,500) from his former lawyer before the 2016 election in exchange for her silence about the encounter.

Prosecutors allege Trump had his personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, make the payments. They say he then paid Cohen back, and fraudulently recorded the transaction in his company’s books as legal expenses.

Paying hush-money is not illegal, but the prosecution says how the payment was recorded amounts to election fraud.

Since the allegations surfaced in 2018, the former president has denied any sexual involvement with Daniels.

He's facing 34 counts of fraud under New York campaign finance laws, and has pleaded not guilty to all of them.

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