Ex-publisher in hush money trial recalls Trump as ‘very upset’

(25 Apr 2024)
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New York – 25 April 2024
1. STILL: Former US President Donald Trump seated in court and flanked by his attorneys at his criminal trial
2. STILLS (x3): Various of Trump at his hush money trial at Manhattan criminal court
STORYLINE:
Donald Trump returned to court Thursday for the third day of witness testimony in his hush money trial.

The trial resumed around the same time the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in Washington over whether he should be immune from prosecution for actions he took during his time as president.

At his trial in Manhattan, veteran tabloid publisher David Pecker took the stand again Thursday after testifying previously about his longtime friendship with the former president and a pledge he made to be the “eyes and ears” of Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.

The testimony was sought to bolster prosecutors’ premise that Trump sought to illegally influence the 2016 election through a “catch-and-kill” strategy to buy up and then spike negative stories. Key to that premise are so-called hush money payments that were paid to porn actor Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal, along with the doorman.

Prosecutors say Trump obscured the true nature of those payments and falsely recorded them as legal expenses. He has pleaded not guilty to 34 felony counts of falsifying business records.

The case is the first-ever criminal trial of a former U.S. president and the first of four prosecutions of Trump to reach a jury.

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