Closing Arguments in Hush Money Trial Against Donald Trump

Written by Camilla Jessen

May.28 - 2024 11:58 AM CET

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Trump uses accusations to mobilize his supporters.

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In the hush money trial against Donald Trump, the prosecution and defense have presented their closing arguments.

The former US President is on trial for allegedly falsifying documents in 34 instances to conceal the payment of $130,000 to former porn actress Stormy Daniels. This payment was supposedly intended to improve his chances in the 2016 presidential election.

Trump has pleaded not guilty, according to a report by Die Zeit.

This is the first criminal trial against a former US president in US history. Over 20 witnesses have been heard since mid-April.

Prosecutors accuse Trump of misrepresenting the reimbursement of the payment to his then-lawyer Michael Cohen in the company's books. This manipulation allegedly made the payment an illegal campaign contribution.

If convicted, Trump faces several years in prison or a fine.

The outcome of the trial could have significant implications for the ongoing presidential election campaign in the United States. Trump is using the allegations to mobilize his supporters and portray himself as a victim of a politically motivated justice system.

After the closing arguments, the twelve jurors must reach a unanimous verdict. If no agreement is reached, the trial could be reopened.

The trial is taking place amidst great media interest and tight security. Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen heavily incriminated him, while Stephanie Clifford, also known as Stormy Daniels, reported in detail about the alleged incident.

Judge Juan Merchan faced challenges in maintaining authority in the courtroom.

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