United States – On Monday, Donald Trump lost the efforts to block testifying from Michael Cohen and Stormy Daniels at his upcoming trial on campaign finance fraud charges related to hush money that Cohen, his ex-lawyer, D. Trump, and fixer, paid Stormy Daniels, a porn star, before the 2016 election, as reported by Reuters.

Trump’s Motion Denied

Trump even before this month wanted a judge to halt their testimony referring to Cohen that he had a habit of lying and would probably lie again and Daniels real name being Stephanie Clifford pleading to make some cash from such trial.

Merchan stated he was not aware of any justification for Trump’s “rationale that a prosecution witness should be kept off the witness stand because his credibility has been called into question” when he denied the President’s request to suppress Cohen’s testimony.

Trump’s Legal Battles Mount

The Republican presidential candidate has made a plea of being non-responsible for the 34 counts of falsifying business records to conceal the fact that the reimbursement to Cohen of the payment he received from Daniels for silence over claims of a sexual encounter they had together in 2006. Trump denies an encounter.

A court session was initially set for the 25th of this month, but it was rescheduled for at least mid-April last week due to an eleventh-hour change in evidence disclosure. The court has set a March 25 hearing for Merchan, who is directed to decide on a new trial date.

Prosecution’s Allegations

A spokesperson for Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, whose office presented the Trump indictment this year, did not comment. Trump’s lawyers did the same, missing the comments.

The case is known for four criminal indictments Trump has to deal with as he works on challenging Democratic President Joe Biden in the November 5 election.

The defendant pleaded guilty in all the cases: his efforts to negate his 2020 loss to Biden and the handling of the presidential documents after leaving office in 2021.

The district attorney of Manhattan asserts that the tenderness payment was a vital part of the bigger “catch-and-kill’ plan devised by Cohen and Trump to get rid of people who had damaging things to say about the candidate. Cohen admitted his guilt in 2018 after being charged with a violation of federal campaign finance laws.

According to Merchan, Trump’s efforts to exclude from testimony or eliminate any evidence with regard to the three individuals who received money from hush payments failed. The disclosures covered a wide variety of people, including Daniels, a doorman, and Karen McDougal, a former Playboy model who claims that she had a relationship with the President, although he rejects it all.

“The evidence and testimony surrounding these individuals is inextricably intertwined with the narrative of events and is necessary background for the jury,” Merchan wrote.

Judge’s Rulings

Public attorneys claimed that Trump’s team had made this payment to Daniels to silence her and prevent her from revealing more details about the 2016 campaign results and women’s group, especially when the “Access Hollywood” video released in which Trump bragged about forcing himself with women, as reported by Reuters.

Trump was a moderately successful person in the sense that Merchan ruled that the prosecutors could refer to the tape, but a portion of the tape could not be played in front of the jurors as it would cause Trump “undue prejudice.” The judge reserved his opinion: “Should the Defense open the door.”


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