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The Daily BeastMay 28, 2024
Trump Trial Lawyers Enter Final Battle Before Jury Deliberations
Brian Snyder/ReutersThe end is finally in sight for Donald Trump's hush money trial, with prosecutors and defense attorneys beginning their closing arguments Tuesday before jurors will decide if Trump should become the first former American president to be convicted of felonies.

The legal teams will use the arguments, which are expected to last all day, to make their last pitch to the 12 members of the jury. Judge Juan Merchan will then instruct jurors on the law before they start deliberations to deliver their historic verdict.

The presumptive Republican presidential nominee has pleaded not guilty to 34 felony counts of falsifying business records. The case revolves around a $130,000 payment made by Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen to porn star Stormy Daniels ahead of the 2016 election to prevent her from speaking about a sexual tryst she says she had with Trump a decade earlier.

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The Daily BeastMay 27, 2024
Trump Freaks Out at New York Trial Judge as Jury Deliberation Nears
Justin Lane/Pool via ReutersDays before closing arguments in his hush-money trial in New York, former President Donald Trump unleashed on the judge, Juan Merchan, in an all caps-laden social media post.

"The reason the Radical, highly Conflicted Judge Juan Merchan had to come up with three FAKE options for the jury to choose from, without requiring them to be unanimous, which is completely UNAMERICAN AND UNCONSTITUTIONAL, is because the Corrupt, Soros backed D.A., Alvin Bragg, couldn't come close to proving that any crime was committed," Trump wrote on his social media platform, Truth Social.

"THERE WAS NO CRIME," he continued, arguing in a meandering way that he had legally paid a non-disclosure agreement to former porn star Stormy Daniels before the 2016 election—which prosecutors have argued was an illegal attempt to shore up his chances of defeating Hillary Clinton.

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