Donald Trump has been charged with 34 counts of falsifying business records. New York County District Attorney Alvin L. Bragg Jr. spoke at a press conference of “34 false statements made to cover up other crimes.” “We will not tolerate and normalize such serious criminal behavior,” he said.
Former American president Donald Trump faces 34 charges in New York Criminal Court related to the falsification of business records. He pleaded not guilty.
Prosecutor: the accused repeatedly gave false testimony
After 10 p.m. Polish time, New York County District Attorney Alvin L. Bragg Jr. spoke at a press conference.
– Under New York State law, it is a crime to falsify business records with the intent to defraud and cover up another crime. That’s exactly what this case is about: 34 false statements made to cover up other crimes,” Bragg said.
– These are crimes committed in New York. We will not tolerate or normalize such serious criminal behavior, no matter who that person is,” he stressed.
– The defendant repeatedly made false statements, he also forced others to do so – he said.
Prosecutor: This payment was intended to conceal information unfavorable to Trump
– Less than two weeks before the presidential election (in 2016 – ed.), Michael Cohen (former Trump’s lawyer – ed.) transferred $ 130,000 to Stormy Daniels’ lawyer. This payment was intended to hide information unfavorable to Trump from the public. These actions were illegal, in violation of New York’s electoral laws, he said.
Bragg Jr. he said New York State in particular was “deeply interested” in cases involving false business claims because it was the “business capital of the world”.
The first allegations of this kind against a former US president
A grand jury agreed on March 30 to indict the former president in a case involving porn star Stormy Daniels being paid to keep silent about her relationship with Donald Trump during the 2016 election campaign.
Never before in the history of a president or former the president of the United States of America he faced no criminal charges.
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