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Title:Trump in the Dock: First Criminal Trial of a Former U.S. President Begins in NYC

Support our work: Donald Trump made history Monday in New York as the first former U.S. president to stand trial for criminal charges. Trump faces 34 criminal charges of falsifying business records as part of a scheme to hide hush money payments he made to adult film actor Stormy Daniels and others, just weeks before winning the 2016 election. He is accused of violating federal campaign finance laws for failing to disclose the payments and instead recording them as a "legal expense." Each of the 34 counts carries a maximum sentence of four years in prison. "What Donald Trump is accused of is the type of crime that's prosecuted in New York every single day … [a] garden-variety, ordinary grift," says Ron Kuby, a longtime New York criminal defense and civil rights lawyer who is following the trial closely. Kuby explains what we can expect from the trial — the first of four different criminal cases Trump is currently embroiled in, but likely the only one he will stand for ahead of the 2024 election — in the coming days. Democracy Now! is an independent global news hour that airs on over 1,500 TV and radio stations Monday through Friday. Watch our livestream at Mondays to Fridays 8-9 a.m. ET. Subscribe to our Daily Email Digest:


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