RTL Infos – “A buffoon”: De Niro attacked Trump on the sidelines of his trial

RTL Infos – “A buffoon”: De Niro attacked Trump on the sidelines of his trial
RTL Infos – “A buffoon”: De Niro attacked Trump on the sidelines of his trial

“Donald Trump not only wants to destroy this city, but also the country and, ultimately, he could destroy the world” proclaimed De Niro on the sidelines of the billionaire’s trial, who is awaiting the verdict of a trial that could make swing the presidential elections.

The 12 jurors in Donald Trump’s criminal trial in New York are due to retire on Wednesday to deliberate and decide on a historic verdict, which could tip the US presidential campaign into a completely unknown scenario.

But the day before, Robert De Niro appeared by surprise in front of the cameras on Tuesday near the New York court to attack Donald Trump, a “clown” who could become a “tyrant”, the actor taking up the cause of Joe Biden in the middle of the presidential campaign.

This is my neighborhood” said the Hollywood legend on a piece of sidewalk. “I love this city, I don’t want to destroy it. Donald Trump doesn’t just want to destroy this city, but the country, and ultimately he might destroy the world“, fumed this long-time opponent of the former Republican president.

This speech was organized by the campaign team of Democratic President Joe Biden while at the same time, a stone’s throw away, Donald Trump listened to his lawyers plead for his acquittal at his criminal trial.

An intervention visibly intended to capture a moment of media attention for the Democrats, while the Republican billionaire speaks in front of the cameras every day of his trial to denounce a “witch hunt“politics.

Describing the Republican candidate as “clown“, Robert de Niro, 80, recalled: “When Trump ran in 2016, he was like a joke, a buffoon running for president.

But “we have forgotten the lessons of history, which show us that other clowns were not taken seriously, until they became fierce dictators“, he stressed.

With Trump, we have a second chance, and no one is laughing anymore. We have a unique opportunity to stop him by voting against him, once and for all“, insisted the actor, who will appear in an advertisement for the Democrat’s campaign.

The only way to preserve our freedoms and maintain our humanity is to vote for Joe Biden“, he said in front of a swarm of microphones, while a horn sounded insistently in the street.

A trial that could tilt the elections

The day after a marathon day, where they listened to more than three hours of defense pleadings demanding his acquittal.quickly done well done“, then five hours of indictment from the prosecution demanding his conviction for having “subverted democracy“, the jurors meet at 9:30 a.m. (1:30 p.m. GMT) on the 15th floor of the Manhattan court.

After six weeks of debate, dominated by stories of sex, money and politics, they will listen to the final instructions of Judge Juan Merchan.

Then, they will retire behind closed doors to deliberate and decide the outcome of the first criminal trial for a former president in the history of the United States.

They will have to answer a question: was Donald Trump, 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 porn actress Stormy Daniels to avoid a sex scandal at the very end of his 2016 presidential campaign?

In the event of a positive response, the 2024 presidential campaign would fall into an unprecedented scenario, with one of the two major candidates finding themselves under the considerable weight of a criminal conviction.

Donald Trump, 77, could appeal and still run on November 5 against Joe Biden, 81.

Jurors’ deliberations can take several days. They will have to be unanimous to declare Donald Trump guilty or not guilty.

If, after a certain time, they reach a conclusion of disagreement, the trial will be canceled and completely redone, a respite which could prove sufficient for Donald Trump, because it will probably be difficult to organize new debates before the presidential election.

The defense therefore only needs to convince one juror not to convict the Republican Party candidate.

“Conspiracy”

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

The money was used to buy Stormy Daniels’ silence about a sexual relationship she claims to have had in 2006 with the billionaire, when he was already married to his wife Melania, an episode denied by Donald Trump.

The sum was paid to the actress by Michael Cohen, the former confidant of the businessman and Republican leader.

Once Donald Trump was in the White House, in 2017, Michael Cohen was reimbursed, using, according to the prosecution, false invoices and entries disguised as “flegal reasons” in the accounts of the Trump Organization, hence the prosecution for accounting falsifications.

But for the defense, this thesis does not hold. Donald Trump, who became “leader of the free world” and busy with much more important problems, did not know the details of the paperwork when he paid his lawyer.

If he is found guilty, the judge would pronounce the sentence in several weeks. It could go up to four years in prison, but the magistrate can decide on an alternative sentence, such as a suspended sentence with probation.

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