Donald Trump’s trial comes to an end, the jury will retire and decide on a verdict this Wednesday

Donald Trump’s trial comes to an end, the jury will retire and decide on a verdict this Wednesday
Donald Trump’s trial comes to an end, the jury will retire and decide on a verdict this Wednesday

After six weeks of debates, dominated by stories of sex, money and politics, the jury will meet behind closed doors this Wednesday, May 29 to decide on the fate of the former American president.

Defense and prosecution engaged in a final exchange of arms this Tuesday, May 28 at the trial of Donald Trump in New York, the last act before the 12 jurors retire on Wednesday to decide on a verdict in the first criminal trial of a former American president.

The jury will begin deliberating behind closed doors this Wednesday, May 29. With a question: was the former President of the United States, who aspires to return to the White House, guilty of 34 falsifications of accounting documents, intended to hide a payment of 130,000 dollars to the film actress X Stormy Daniels to avoid a sex scandal at the very end of her 2016 presidential campaign?

A positive response would cause a political earthquake. The 77-year-old Republican candidate could appeal and, in any case, run in the November 5 election against 81-year-old Joe Biden.

But under the considerable weight of the first criminal conviction of a former president.

“How boring!”

During a six-hour indictment, prosecutor Joshua Steinglass tried one last time to convince the jurors that behind the accounting falsifications, “the heart of this case is a conspiracy and a cover-up” to win the election against Hillary Clinton in 2016.

Donald Trump’s intention to cheat “could not be more obvious”, thundered the magistrate just before the former president left the courtroom around 8 p.m. “What a bore!”, we could read in the afternoon on his Truth Social account.

The money was used to buy the actress’s silence about a sexual relationship she claims to have had in 2006 with the Republican billionaire, an episode denied by Donald Trump and which she spoke at length during the trial, speaking about a “consented” act but where the “balance of power” was unbalanced.

Stormy Daniels’ story “is tortuous, it makes people uncomfortable. It’s this outing in front of the American people that the accused wanted to avoid,” assured Joshua Steinglass. “Stormy Daniels is the motive,” he insisted.

But for Donald Trump’s lawyer, Todd Blanche, “there was no intention to defraud and no conspiracy to influence” the vote. And the payment to Stormy Daniels was only the result of “extortion” against the Republican candidate.

At the end of a three-hour argument, the lawyer warned the jurors against any temptation to make their verdict a “referendum” for or against Donald Trump, whose return to power some Americans fear. “If you stick to” the evidence, “it’s a not guilty verdict, quickly done, well done,” concluded the lawyer.

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