“Hush Money” Trial Heads To Closing Arguments

May 21, 2024

Your honor, the defense rests.

Attorney Todd Blanche who represents former President Donald Trump in the “hush money” trial in New York, notifying the judge that the defense will no longer call any witnesses, including the former president. The trial will move to closing arguments next week and eventually, a verdict.

Why It Matters: Former President Trump faces 34 counts related to falsifying business records. If convicted, the former president could face fines or jail time. The New York case is the first of four criminal cases the former president faces – and the first one to go to trial, during the same time period that the former president seeks re-election to the White House. 

More Context: Prosecutors allege the former president illegally recorded payments to cover up stories about alleged extramarital affairs before the 2016 election, and also alleged the payments cover up an additional crime (not yet specified). The former president denies these charges, pleading not guilty.

Read More: Donald Trump Decides Against Testifying in Hush-Money Trial, Defense Rests (The Wall Street Journal)

Defense rests without ex-President Trump taking the witness stand in his New York hush money trial (The Associated Press)

by Evelyn Peterson,