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Trump delivers rant earlier than getting into courtroom for hush cash trial

After a tense week of jury choice, Donald Trump’s prison hush cash trial is now actually underway. This morning the prosecution and defence groups offered their opening statements.

The first witness referred to as to the stand is tabloid mogul David Pecker, who owned The National Enquirer and was a part of the scandal “catch-and-kill” scheme.

New York Justice Juan Merchan dominated that Manhattan prosecutors can query Mr Trump a couple of blockbuster fraud ruling, gag order violations and defamation verdicts if he chooses to testify.

The defendant spent a lot of the weekend complaining concerning the case on Truth Social and angrily posting his presidential immunity claims — on which the Supreme Court will hear arguments this Thursday.

Meanwhile, figures launched by the Federal Election Commission revealed that authorized charges had eaten up three-quarters of the money from the pro-Trump Save America PAC, a key fundraising group.

Elsewhere among the many myriad authorized points engulfing the previous president, an settlement has been reached over Mr Trump’s $175m bond to attraction the civil fraud trial ruling and the general public submitting is due of witness statements within the labeled paperwork case.

Alex Woodward is offering stay updates from the courthouse in Lower Manhattan


This morning in courtroom – in sketches

No cameras in courtroom, no drawback… Here’s how courtroom sketch artists captured at the moment’s historic trial of former president Donald Trump.

Prosecutor Matthew Colangelo makes opening statements as former President Donald Trump watches together with his legal professional Todd Blanche earlier than Justice Juan Merchan. Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg is within the foreground. (REUTERS)
Former National Enquirer writer David Pecker speaks from the witness stand (REUTERS/Jane Rosenberg)

Oliver O’Connell22 April 2024 19:09


Civil fraud trial: Trump reaches take care of New York AG Letitia James over bond

The dispute centered across the underwriter: Knight Specialty Insurance Company (KSIC) a California-based firm that gave Mr Trump an Eleventh-hour lifeline. The firm is a part of the Knight Insurance Group, chaired by billionaire Don Hankey.

Oliver O’Connell22 April 2024 19:00


‘It was election fraud. Pure and simple’: Trump trial hears 2016 scheme in opening statements

Alex Woodward reviews from the courthouse in Lower Manhattan:

In their opening arguments to jurors, Manhattan prosecutors outlined Donald Trump’s alleged prison conspiracy to affect the 2016 presidential election by paying off publishers to bury compromising tales.

“This case is about a criminal conspiracy and a cover up,” Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Matthew Colangelo informed jurors on Monday.

Oliver O’Connell22 April 2024 18:40


Watch: Trump is ‘annoyed, resigned, maybe angry’ in keeping with Rachel Maddow

Oliver O’Connell22 April 2024 18:31


RFK Jr sapping extra assist from Trump than Biden, ballot finds

Anti-vaccine activist and conspiracy theorist Robert F Kennedy Jr’s long-shot presidential bid seems to be drawing extra assist from former president Donald Trump than President Joe Biden, in keeping with a brand new ballot.

The survey of 1,000 registered voters, carried out between 12-15 April by NBC Newsrevealed that Mr Biden is trailing Mr Trump by two share factors in a hypothetical two-way race, 46 per cent to 44 per cent.

Oliver O’Connell22 April 2024 18:20


Trump delivers traditional record of grievances exterior courtroom

Donald Trump spoke at the media as he left the courtroom and delivered the most recent remix of his traditional record of grievances, closely weighted towards the civil fraud trial (during which there was a growth at the moment concerning the attraction bond)

He additionally argued that he must be out on the marketing campaign path, making an odd declare that “people” got here as much as him in courtroom to say they couldn’t consider he was indicted on this case.

The former president seems to wish to body this as some sort of bookkeeping error of which he was fully unaware. He additionally made a degree of claiming that they didn’t declare the fee to Cohen as a tax deduction, which seems to be proof of extra of an try to not go away a paper path…

Mr Trump but once more baselessly accused President Joe Biden of orchestrating all the civil and prison instances in opposition to him. That will not be true.

Oliver O’Connell22 April 2024 18:05


Meanwhile, in one other courtroom…

Donald Trump has reached a take care of New York Attorney General Letitia James over his multi-million greenback civil fraud bond.

After weeks of back-and-forth between Donald Trump’s authorized workforce and the New York Attorney General’s Office over the $175m bond in his civil fraud ruling, the 2 sides have agreed to permit the bond to be backed by a California-based firm as long as it the collateral stays in money, amongst different stipulations.

On Monday, attorneys for Mr Trump and Letitia James’ workplace met for a listening to on the bond dispute, roughly 500 ft from the place opening arguments started in Mr Trump’s first prison trial.

The dispute centered across the underwriter: Knight Specialty Insurance Company (KSIC) a California-based firm that gave Mr Trump an Eleventh-hour lifeline. The firm is a part of the Knight Insurance Group, chaired by billionaire Don Hankey.

KSCI disagreed, claiming in a submitting that they might as a result of it was backed in a Charles Schwab account pledged to them.

After a comparatively temporary listening to on Monday, attorneys for Mr Trump and Ms James’ workplace got here to an settlement that may preserve the $175m in collateral in money, have KSCI preserve management of it and KSCI will designate an agent to simply accept authorized providers on their behalf in New York.

Oliver O’Connell22 April 2024 17:50


Alina Habba: Trump trials are ‘disgrace to the American judicial system’

Alina Habba (POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

In the hallway outside the courtroom, Trump legal spokesperson Alina Habba called Trump’s trials a “disgrace to the American judicial system”.

She didn’t take questions and was flanked by Trump attorneys Christopher Kise and Clifford Robert.

“The fact that we have two courts not one, criminal and civil, being used against one man because they cannot beat him in the polls is a disgrace to the American judicial system. You should not have two teams of lawyers here today. You should not even be here today, because you didn’t know is the epitome of a witch hunt,” she stated.

Oliver O’Connell22 April 2024 17:35


And that’s it for at the moment as courtroom recesses

Judge Merchan: “Jurors, we’re going to call it a day.”

Court will resume at 11am tomorrow for 3 hours.

The early break is for a juror’s dentist appointment and to look at the Passover vacation.

In addition at 9.30am there will probably be a listening to on Trump’s gag order violations. If that isn’t over by 11am they may pause and choose it up once more later, Alex Woodward reviews from courtroom.

Before the jury was despatched out, Pecker stated he’s now not talking with Howard, who he believes has a spinal situation and lives in Australia and thus can’t journey

With the jury out of the room, Trump legal professional Emil Bove now tells the decide that they “objected to some testimony from Mr Pecker about the whereabouts of Mr Howard”.

“It was hearsay, he does not have firsthand knowledge and it’s also not relevant,” he stated.

Merchan notes the objection.

Oliver O’Connell22 April 2024 17:29


Trump is leaning ahead on the defence desk, watching Pecker’s testimony.

His face is barely scrunched in what may very well be described as a “listening” face.

Pecker affirms that he’s testifying below subpoena, and his legal professional is in courtroom with him.

He was requested to recollect a collection of cellphone numbers, together with a cell phone from the time he was at AMI.

He couldn’t bear in mind the final 4 digits precisely, so he blurted out the entire seven digits. “You gave us more than the last four,” Steinglass says, chuckling.

ADA Steinglass is asking about Dylan Howard, The National Enquirer’s former editor-in-chief.

“Is it fair to say Dylan Howard ran the network of sources” for AMI’s manufacturers, Steinglass asks.

Pecker says sure. He additionally confirms that Howard ran “juicy” tales by him

Pecker has a comparatively comfortable, low voice, which has been interrupted a few occasions by large bursts of laughter that made reporters within the overflow chuckle.

Also, Pecker confirmed he had two electronic mail addresses whereas at AMI, one for delicate messages that he didn’t need his assistant to see

Alex Woodward22 April 2024 17:25