The Trump trial enters a decisive phase after the shocking testimony of Stormy Daniels – 05/10/2024 at 10:07 p.m.

The Trump trial enters a decisive phase after the shocking testimony of Stormy Daniels – 05/10/2024 at 10:07 p.m.
The Trump trial enters a decisive phase after the shocking testimony of Stormy Daniels – 05/10/2024 at 10:07 p.m.

Stormy Daniels, leaving the Manhattan court, in New York, May 9, 2024 (AFP / Charly TRIBALLEAU)

A third week of debates ended Friday at Donald Trump’s trial in New York, marked by the crude testimony of pornographic actress Stormy Daniels, before the highly anticipated hearing of the former lawyer who became sworn enemy of the ex -American president.

Before the hearing adjourned, one of the prosecutors, Joshua Steinglass, indicated that the prosecution intended to call two witnesses to the stand from Monday, without revealing which ones, and indicated that it was “completely possible” that she will be finished in a week.

Most commentators expect his former lawyer, Michael Cohen, to begin testifying as early as Monday. It was he who made the hidden payments of $130,000 to Stormy Daniels at the origin of these unprecedented criminal proceedings against a former American president.

Michael Cohen, who says he acted at the request of the Republican candidate to ensure the silence of the actress in the last days of the campaign for the 2016 presidential election, won by the wire, has since turned against his former boss.

In the midst of the campaign against outgoing Democratic President Joe Biden, Donald Trump is on trial for 34 counts of accounting falsification for concealing the reimbursement of sums to his lawyer at the time in the accounts of his holding company, the Trump Organization. He risks conviction and potentially a prison sentence, with still incalculable consequences for the electorate.

Main legal cases facing Donald Trump, former president of the United States, as of May 9, 2024 (AFP / Olivia BUGAULT)

Although the facts are less serious than those with which he is accused in the three other criminal proceedings against him, this trial is all the more important as it could be the only one to be held before the November 5 election.

Only Donald Trump’s federal trial in Washington for illicit attempts to overturn the results of the 2020 election could still begin before this deadline, provided that the Supreme Court quickly rejects the immunity he claims as a former -president.

– Threatened with prison –

The week opened on Monday with a new warning shot from judge Juan Merchan, who after having imposed a series of fines on him for having verbally attacked witnesses and jurors, in violation of his instructions, threatened him with prison in the event of a recurrence.

Former US President Donald Trump (c) speaks to reporters before entering Manhattan court for his criminal trial in New York on May 10, 2024 (POOL / TIMOTHY A. CLARY)

Like every day, the Republican candidate denounced on Friday a “horrible” trial intended according to him to prevent him from campaigning, but declared that he would be at a meeting on Saturday in neighboring New Jersey.

Since its opening on April 15, the trial has alternated pieces of judicial bravery and dry, very technical sequences.

Thus, the dramatic tension subsided after the extensive testimony Tuesday and Thursday of Stormy Daniels, who recounted in great detail the sexual relationship she claims to have had with him in 2006, and fought step by step the attempts of the defense of discredit his story.

An affair that Donald Trump, then already married to his current wife Melania, categorically denies.

On Friday, one of his direct assistants at the White House, two specialists from telephone companies, then two legal assistants took the stand who read exchanges of messages between the protagonists in the case, particularly relating to the negotiations. financial for the exclusivity of Stormy Daniels’ story.

One of the challenges of the debates is to determine what Donald Trump knew about these behind-the-scenes negotiations to buy his silence.

If he were elected again, once inaugurated in January 2025, he could order the abandonment of the two federal proceedings against him, in Washington but also in Florida (southeast), where he is being prosecuted for withholding documents. classified after his departure from the White House.

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