Trump Trial: Jury Requests Witness Testimony Again

Written by Camilla Jessen

May.30 - 2024 9:52 AM CET

Michael Cohen and David Pecker are at the center of the jury's focus.

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In the hush money trial against former US President Donald Trump, the jury has not yet reached a verdict on the first day of deliberations.

Instead, they have requested to rehear the testimonies of two key witnesses: David Pecker and Michael Cohen.

Both witnesses have substantiated the prosecutors’ claims against Trump.

Pecker, the former editor of the "National Enquirer," and Cohen, Trump's former lawyer, allegedly met at Trump Tower to strategize about silencing rumors regarding Trump's alleged affairs by suppressing related media reports.

According to a report by Der Spiegel, prosecutors argue that Trump sought to improve his chances in the 2016 presidential election by paying $130,000 in hush money to porn actress Stormy Daniels.

This payment is alleged to have been illegally accounted for. Trump denies these allegations.

If convicted, he could face several years in prison or a fine, which might be suspended. Even with a conviction, Trump could appeal and theoretically continue his presidential campaign in November.

The jury adjourned after requesting further testimony.

A guilty verdict would not only impact Trump’s political career but also test public confidence in the justice system.

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