Trump trial live: final arguments will begin in a New York court

Trump trial live: final arguments will begin in a New York court

Copyright: Reuters

It is the decisive moment for this test, but let’s take a step back and remember what its essence is.

Donald Trump has been accused of commercial fraud on Hush payments to former porn actress Stormy Daniels.

Daniels claims she and Trump had sex and that she accepted $130,000
(£104,500) from his former lawyer before the 2016 election in exchange for his silence about the encounter.

Prosecutors allege that Trump had his personal attorney, Michael Cohen, make the payments, and then claim that Trump fraudulently recorded the transaction on his company’s books as legal expenses when he was actually repaying Cohen for the payments to maintain his silence.

Paying hush money is not illegalbut the prosecution alleges how the payment was recorded amounts to electoral fraud.

Since the allegations surfaced in 2018, the former president has denied any sexual relationship with Daniels.

he is facing 34 counts of fraudand has pleaded not guilty to all of them. Trump denies having sexual relations with Daniels.