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  • Jurors in Trump hush money trial end 1st day of deliberations after asking to rehear testimony

    MICHAEL R. SISAK and JENNIFER PELTZ|May 29, 2024

    NEW YORK (AP) — The jury in Donald Trump's hush money trial ended its first day of deliberations without a verdict Wednesday but asked to rehear potentially crucial testimony about the alleged hush money scheme at the heart of the history-making case. The 12-person jury was sent home around 4 p.m. after about 4 1/2 hours of deliberations. The process is to resume Thursday. Jurors also asked to rehear at least part of the judge's instructions meant to guide them on the law. The notes sent to the judge with the requests were the first burst of c...

  • Here's what every key witness said at Donald Trump's hush money trial. Closing arguments are coming

    MICHAEL R. SISAK and JENNIFER PELTZ|May 24, 2024

    NEW YORK (AP) — After 22 witnesses, including a porn actor, tabloid publisher and White House insiders, testimony is over at Donald Trump's criminal trial in New York. Prosecutors called 20 witnesses. The defense called just two. Trump decided not to testify on his own behalf. The trial now shifts to closing arguments, scheduled for Tuesday. After that, it will be up to 12 jurors to decide whether prosecutors have proved beyond a reasonable doubt that Trump falsified his company's business records as part of a broader effort to keep stories a...

  • Michael Cohen pressed on his crimes and lies as defense attacks key Trump hush money trial witness

    MICHAEL R. SISAK and JENNIFER PELTZ|May 17, 2024

    NEW YORK (AP) — With prosecutors' hush money case against Donald Trump barreling toward its end, defense lawyers pressed former attorney Michael Cohen on his criminal history and past lies Thursday as they worked to convince jurors not to believe the star witness' pivotal testimony. As Trump looked on, defense attorney Todd Blanche peppered Cohen with questions about his own misdeeds, painting him to the jury as a serial fabulist who is bent on seeing the presumptive Republican presidential nominee behind bars. Whether the defense is successful...

  • Judge directs Michael Cohen to keep quiet about Trump ahead of his hush money trial testimony

    JAKE OFFENHARTZ and JENNIFER PELTZ|May 10, 2024

    NEW YORK (AP) — With Donald Trump's fixer-turned-foe Michael Cohen expected to take the witness stand Monday, the judge in the former president's hush money case issued prosecutors a stern warning: Get Cohen to stop his taunting posts and jabs at Trump. Judge Juan M. Merchan's comments came as a dramatic and consequential week in the first criminal trial of a former American president drew to a close Friday. The prosecution could rest its case by the end of next week, prosecutor Joshua Steinglass said. Prosecutors have been building up their c...

  • Stormy Daniels describes meeting Trump during occasionally graphic testimony in hush money trial

    MICHAEL R. SISAK and JENNIFER PELTZ|May 8, 2024

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stormy Daniels took the witness stand Tuesday at Donald Trump's hush money trial, describing for jurors a sexual encounter the porn actor says she had with him in 2006 that resulted in her being paid off to keep silent during the presidential race 10 years later. Jurors appeared riveted as Daniels, over the repeated objections of defense lawyers and occasional admonitions from the judge, offered a detailed and at times graphic account of an encounter Trump has denied. Trump stared straight ahead as Daniels entered the c...

  • Judge raises threat of jail in hush money trial as he holds Trump in contempt, fines him $9,000

    MICHAEL R. SISAK and JENNIFER PELTZ|May 1, 2024

    NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump was held in contempt of court Tuesday and fined $9,000 for repeatedly violating a gag order that barred him from making public statements about witnesses, jurors and some others connected to his New York hush money case. And if he does it again, the judge warned, he could be jailed. Prosecutors had alleged 10 violations, but New York Judge Juan M. Merchan found there were nine. Trump stared down at the table in front of him as the judge read the ruling, frowning slightly. It was a stinging rebuke of the R...

  • Trump's lawyers try to discredit testimony of prosecution's first witness in hush money trial

    MICHAEL R. SISAK and JENNIFER PELTZ|Apr 26, 2024

    NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump's defense team attacked the credibility Friday of the prosecution's first witness in his hush money case, seeking to discredit testimony detailing a scheme between Trump and a tabloid to bury negative stories to protect the Republican's 2016 presidential campaign. Returning to the witness stand for a fourth day, former National Enquirer publisher David Pecker was grilled about his memory and past statements as the defense tried to poke holes in potentially crucial testimony for prosecutors in the first criminal tria...

  • Tabloid publisher says he pledged to be Trump campaign's 'eyes and ears' during 2016 race

    MICHAEL R. SISAK and JENNIFER PELTZ|Apr 24, 2024

    NEW YORK (AP) — A veteran tabloid publisher testified Tuesday that he pledged to be Donald Trump 's "eyes and ears" during his 2016 presidential campaign, recounting how he promised the then-candidate that he would help suppress harmful stories and even arranged to purchase a doorman's silence. The testimony from David Pecker was designed to bolster prosecutors' assertions of a decades-long friendship between Trump and the former publisher of the National Enquirer that culminated in an agreement to give the candidate's lawyer a heads-up on n...

  • 12 jurors have been picked for Donald Trump's hush money trial. Selection of alternates ongoing

    MICHAEL R. SISAK and JENNIFER PELTZ|Apr 19, 2024

    NEW YORK (AP) — A jury of 12 people was seated Thursday in former President Donald Trump's history-making hush money trial, propelling the proceedings closer to opening statements and the start of weeks of dramatic testimony. The court quickly turned to selecting alternate jurors, with the process on track to wrap up by the end of the week. Prosecutors could begin presenting their case early next week. The jury of New Yorkers includes a sales professional, a software engineer, a security engineer, an English teacher, a speech therapist, m...

  • Trump tried to 'corrupt' the 2016 election, prosecutor alleges as hush money trial gets underway

    MICHAEL R. SISAK and JENNIFER PELTZ|Apr 19, 2024

    NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump tried to illegally influence the 2016 presidential election by preventing damaging stories about his personal life from becoming public, a prosecutor told jurors Monday at the start of the former president's historic hush money trial. "This was a planned, long-running conspiracy to influence the 2016 election, to help Donald Trump get elected through illegal expenditures to silence people who had something bad to say about his behavior," prosecutor Matthew Colangelo said. "It was election fraud, pure and simple." A...

  • First six jurors are chosen for Trump's hush money criminal trial

    MICHAEL R. SISAK and JENNIFER PELTZ|Apr 17, 2024

    NEW YORK (AP) — The first six jurors for Donald Trump's hush money trial were chosen Tuesday after lawyers grilled members of the jury pool about their social media posts, political views and personal lives to decide whether they can sit in fair judgment of the former president. The court began filling out the jury of 12 people, along with six alternates, who will decide whether to convict Trump of charges accusing him of falsifying business records to cover up a sex scandal during his 2016 presidential campaign. Possible jurors were quizzed f...

  • Potential jurors called into courtroom for start of Trump's historic hush-money trial

    JENNIFER PELTZ and MICHAEL R. SISAK|Apr 12, 2024

    NEW YORK (AP) — The historic hush-money trial of Donald Trump got underway Monday as dozens of prospective jurors packed into a courtroom where the former president will answer to charges that he falsified business records in order to stifle stories about his sex life. The first criminal trial of any former U.S. president will unfold as Trump vies to reclaim the White House, creating a remarkable split-screen spectacle of the presumptive Republican nominee spending his days as a criminal defendant while simultaneously campaigning for office. H...

  • Court agrees to pause collection of Trump's massive civil fraud judgment if he puts up $175M

    JENNIFER PELTZ and MICHAEL R. SISAK|Mar 22, 2024

    NEW YORK (AP) — A New York appeals court on Monday agreed to hold off collection of former President Donald Trump's more than $454 million civil fraud judgment if he puts up $175 million within 10 days. If Trump does, it will stop the clock on collection and prevent the state from seizing the presumptive Republican presidential nominee's assets while he appeals. The appeals court also halted other aspects of a trial judge's ruling that had barred Trump and his sons Eric Trump and Donald Trump Jr., the family company's executive vice p...

  • Donald Trump testifies for less than 3 minutes in defamation trial and is rebuked by judge

    JAKE OFFENHARTZ and JENNIFER PELTZ|Jan 26, 2024

    NEW YORK (AP) — He testified for under three minutes. But former President Donald Trump still broke a judge's rules on what he could tell a jury about writer E. Jean Carroll's sexual assault and defamation allegations, and he left the courtroom Thursday bristling to the spectators: "This is not America." Testifying in his own defense in the defamation trial, Trump didn't look at the jury during his short, heavily negotiated stint on the witness stand. Because of the complex legal context of the case, the judge limited his lawyers to asking a h...

  • A weekend of ferocious winter weather could see low-temperature records set in the US heartland

    JIM SALTER and JENNIFER PELTZ|Jan 12, 2024

    O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — Icy winter weather blanketed the U.S. on Saturday as a wave of Arctic storms threatened to break low-temperature records in the heartland, spread cold and snow from coast to coast and cast a chill over everything from football playoffs to presidential campaigns. As the three-day Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday weekend began, the weather forecast was a crazy quilt of color-coded advisories, from an ice storm warning in Oregon to a blizzard warning in the northern Plains to high wind warnings in New Mexico. "It's, overall,...

  • Judge says Donald Trump won't give own closing argument at civil fraud trial after disputing rules

    JENNIFER PELTZ and JAKE OFFENHARTZ|Jan 10, 2024

    NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump won't make his own closing argument after all in his New York civil business fraud trial after his lawyers objected to the judge's insistence that the former president stick to "relevant" matters. Judge Arthur Engoron rescinded his conditional permission for the unusual plan on Wednesday, a day ahead of closing arguments. He had said that Trump would have to abide by the rules that apply to attorneys' closing arguments and couldn't assail the characters of his adversaries, the judge or others in the court system. T...

  • NY seeks $370M in penalties in Trump's civil fraud trial. His defense says gains weren't ill-gotten

    JENNIFER PELTZ|Jan 5, 2024

    NEW YORK (AP) — New York state lawyers increased their request for penalties to over $370 million Friday in Donald Trump's civil business fraud trial, while his defense argued that 10-plus weeks of testimony produced no evidence of fraudulent intentions or ill-gotten gains. Both sides highlighted their takeaways from the trial in court filings ahead of closing arguments, set for Thursday. Trump is expected to attend, though plans could change. It will be the final chance for state and defense lawyers to make their case in a lawsuit that is c...

  • Donald Trump returns to court, lauds his defense expert who sees no evidence of accounting fraud

    JENNIFER PELTZ and MICHAEL R. SISAK|Dec 8, 2023

    NEW YORK (AP) — Former President Donald Trump returned to his civil fraud trial Thursday to spotlight his defense, renewing his complaints that the case is baseless and heaping praise on an accounting professor's testimony that backed him up. With testimony winding down after more than two months, the Republican 2024 presidential front-runner showed up to watch New York University accounting professor Eli Bartov. The academic disputed the crux of New York State Attorney General Letitia James' lawsuit: that Trump's financial statements were f...

  • Ivanka Trump is set to testify in the civil fraud trial that's probing into the family business

    JENNIFER PELTZ and MICHAEL R. SISAK|Nov 8, 2023

    NEW YORK (AP) — Her father gave caustic testimony. Her brothers each spent more than a day on the witness stand. Now it's Ivanka Trump's turn to face questioning in the civil fraud trial that is publicly probing into the family business. Ex-President Donald Trump's eldest daughter, who has been in his inner circle in both business and politics, is due on the stand Wednesday, after trying unsuccessfully to block her testimony. Unlike her father and her brothers Eric Trump and Donald Trump Jr., she is no longer a defendant in New York Attorney G...

  • Lawyers in Trump's civil fraud trial are ordered to clam up about judge's communications with staff

    JENNIFER PELTZ|Nov 5, 2023

    NEW YORK (AP) — The judge in Donald Trump's civil business fraud trial barred attorneys in the case Friday from commenting on "confidential communications" between him and his staff, after the former president's attorneys renewed claims that a clerk is poisoning the proceedings. Threatening "serious sanctions" for any violations, Judge Arthur Engoron expanded on a prior gag order that prohibited parties in the trial from speaking publicly about court staffers. The earlier order didn't mention the parties' attorneys, but Engoron had suggested T...

  • Eric Trump testifies he wasn't aware of dad's financial statements, but emails show some involvement

    JENNIFER PELTZ and MICHAEL R. SISAK|Nov 3, 2023

    NEW YORK (AP) — Eric Trump, one of two sons entrusted to run Donald Trump's real estate empire, swore Thursday that he was never involved with financial statements that New York state lawyers say fraudulently puffed up the ex-president's wealth and the worth of the family business. But when shown a decade-old email asking him for information for one of his dad's financial statements, the irritated son strove to clarify. "We're a major organization, a massive real estate organization — yes, I'm fairly sure I understand that we have fin...

  • Donald Trump is set to testify Nov. 6 in civil fraud trial. Daughter Ivanka also will testify

    JENNIFER PELTZ|Oct 27, 2023

    NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump is set to testify Nov. 6 at his New York civil fraud trial, following his three eldest children to the witness stand in a case that threatens to disrupt their family's real estate empire, state lawyers said Friday. It was already expected that the former president and sons Donald Jr. and Eric would testify. The timing became clear Friday, after Judge Arthur Engoron ruled that daughter Ivanka Trump also must appear, rejecting her bid to avoid testifying. The schedule sets up a blockbuster stretch in the trial of N...

  • Vatican presses world leaders at UN to work on rules for lethal autonomous weapons

    JENNIFER PELTZ|Sep 27, 2023

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Vatican's top diplomat urged world leaders Tuesday to put a pause on lethal autonomous weapons systems for long enough negotiate an agreement on them, joining a series of U.N. General Assembly speakers who have expressed concern about various aspects of artificial intelligence. "It is imperative to ensure adequate, meaningful and consistent human oversight of weapon systems," Archbishop Paul Gallagher, the Holy See's foreign minister, said as the biggest annual gathering on the diplomatic calendar wound down. "Only h...

  • Heading for UN, Ukraine's president questions why Russia still has a place there

    JENNIFER PELTZ|Sep 17, 2023

    NEW YORK (AP) — Days before potentially crossing paths with Russia's top diplomat at the United Nations, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy suggested Monday that the world body needs to answer for allowing his country's invader a seat at the tables of power. "For us, it's very important that all our words, all our messages, will be heard by our partners. And if in the United Nations still — it's a pity, but still — there is a place for Russian terrorists, the question is not to me. I think it's a question to all the members of the Unite...

  • Pop star Kesha and producer Dr. Luke settle longstanding legal battle over rape, defamation claims

    JENNIFER PELTZ|Jun 23, 2023

    NEW YORK (AP) — Pop star Kesha and producer Dr. Luke have settled nearly a decade of suits and countersuits over her accusation that he drugged and raped her and his claim that she made it up and defamed him, they announced Thursday, with the singer saying that "only God knows what happened that night." Dr. Luke, meanwhile, said he was "absolutely certain that nothing happened. I never drugged or assaulted her." Terms of the deal were not immediately disclosed, as both she and he revealed on Instagram that they had agreed to "a resolution" o...

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