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Please try again later {{ /verifyErrors }} Donald Trump’s hush money trial got back underway on Tuesday with Judge Juan Merchan ruling that he found the former president in contempt of court on nine of the first ten violations of the gag order, fining him $1,000 for each.
In the morning, the court heard further testimony from Gary Farro, the banker for former Trump fixer Michael Cohen who took the stand at the end of last week.
Cohen was instrumental in making a $130,000 payment to Stormy Daniels to cover up an alleged affair with Mr Trump.
The Independent’s Alex Woodward is covering the trial at Manhattan Criminal Court.
US officials say the claims from Russian authorities are untrue, and the Kremlin has failed to give any evidence supporting their accusation.
Oliver O’Connell1 May 2024 17:45 1714580103 What did we learn about Karen McDougal’s hush money deal in court?
Jurors in the former president’s hush money trial on Tuesday saw a series of text messages between attorney Keith Davidson, who represented Karen McDougal at the time, and then-National Enquirer editor Dylan Howard, who brokered a deal with publisher David Pecker to buy the rights to Ms McDougal’s story for $150,000.

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Bombshell texts from a tabloid editor depicting Stormy Daniels’ story as the “final nail in the coffin” during the live Trump trial are being shown.

Former adult film star and Playboy model Karen McDougal’s attorney Keith Davidson testifies regarding specifics of hush money deals.

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Judge Juan Merchan declared that Donald Trump was in contempt of court for nine of the first ten breaches of the gag order, fining him $1,000 for each. This marked the resumption of the former president’s hush money trial.

He cautioned that more infractions might result in “an incarceratory punishment.”.

The judge, who seemed pleased with the trial’s speed, did say he would grant the parties permission to take a day off so that Mr. Trump could attend his son Barron Trump’s high school graduation on May 17.

Gary Farro, the banker for former Trump fixer Michael Cohen, continued to testify in court this morning. Farro had taken the stand at the end of the previous week. To hide an alleged affair with Mr. Trump, Cohen played a key role in providing Stormy Daniels with a $130,000 payment.

Keith Davidson, the former attorney for Ms. Daniels and Playboy model Karen McDougal, who arranged the sale of their stories to ensure their silence—which became crucial in October 2016 following the release of the Access Hollywood tape—ties a large portion of the narrative together.

Alex Woodward of The Independent is reporting from the Manhattan Criminal Court trial.

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It will be up to Republicans to select “MAGA” or “MUGA” over Mike Johnson.

Eric Garcia is a Capitol Hill correspondent for The Independent.

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene says that in order to remove House Speaker Mike Johnson, her fellow representatives will have to decide between “MAGA” and “MUGA.”.

Along with fellow right-wing Representative Thomas Massie of Kentucky, the firebrand from Georgia announced on Wednesday that she would schedule a privileged motion for next week, which would set off an automatic vote on Johnson’s removal within 48 hours.

“At a press conference, Ms. Greene stated that she believed every member of Congress should cast that vote and let the cards fall where they may,”.

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Next week, a vote of no confidence in Johnson will be initiated by Marjorie Taylor Greene.

“Wrong for the Republican Conference, wrong for the institution, and wrong for the country,” according to House Speaker Mike Johnson, is Greene’s action.

20:15 Oliver O’Connell1, May 2024.

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A heckler interrupts Trump during a Wisonsin event.

The throng of admirers drowned out whatever the person had to say.

May 2024, Oliver O’Connell1, 20:03.

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See Trump’s speech in Waukesha, Wisconsin.

19:34 Oliver O’Connell1, May 20, 2024.

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Trump gets a $1.08 billion bonus in stock worth Trump Media.

An upside to Donald Trump’s week that would have otherwise been hours of courtroom proceedings in the criminal hush money trial is that he recently received an approximate $1 point eight billion stock bonus from Trump Media, the owner of Truth Social.

The former president’s unexpected acquisition of the billion-dollar stock was revealed by Trump Media and Technology Group in a filing on Tuesday, when it was revealed that he had been given an extra 36 million Trump shares.

The company’s share price maintaining above specific target levels on the market resulted in his bonus, which is referred to as “earnout shares.”.

As Amelia Neath puts it:.

As a bonus, Donald Trump receives $1.08 billion in shares of Trump Media.

The former president’s ownership of Trump Media has increased to majority after he was granted 36 million shares of the business.

Oliver O’Connell1 May 2024 at 19:15.

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Trump lands in Wisconsin.

May 20, 2024, 19:13 Oliver O’Connell1.

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The protests in Gaza are being unfairly compared to the January 6 riot by Trump and his allies.

According to Alex Woodward:.

Donald Trump likened the nationwide college campus protests against Israel’s ongoing siege of Gaza to his supporters’ January 6 assault on the halls of Congress, just steps away from the doors of his criminal trial on Tuesday.

It’s a huge deal that they took over a building. The former president stated on Tuesday from the Manhattan criminal courthouse, “And I wonder if what’s going to happen to them will be anything comparable to what happened to J6 because they’re doing a lot of destruction, a lot of damages, and a lot of people getting hurt very badly.”.

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Trump and his supporters attempt to draw parallels between the riot on January 6 and the protests in Gaza.

According to Donald Trump, college demonstrators ought to suffer the same punishments as defendants in the Capitol riots.

18:45 Oliver O’Connell1, May 20, 2024.

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Trump tries to use the criminal trial as a platform.

Following his recent criminal trial, Donald Trump has attempted to use it to his advantage as he returns to the campaign trail.

Embarrassed, Trump uses his criminal trial as a platform for his campaign.

According to Alex Woodward, who is reporting from New York, the former president’s campaign of retaliation has turned into an arduous trial from which he is unable to escape.

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Trump promises that he will release WSJ reporter Evan Gershkovich from a Russian jail.

Donald Trump, a former US president, has pledged to release Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich from Russian custody. In an interview with Time Magazine, Mr. Trump stated that he is uncertain whether President Joe Biden will be able to assist in Gershkovich’s release, according to Fox News. “Here’s the difference between me and Biden: I’ll get him released,” he declared. Russian authorities charged Gershkovich with espionage, and he has been detained for more than a year. The claims made by Russian authorities are false, according to US officials, and the Kremlin has not provided any proof to back up their allegation.

May 2024, Oliver O’Connell1, 17:45.

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What information did the court reveal regarding Karen McDougal’s hush money arrangement?

The lawyer for a former Playboy model who claimed to have had an affair with Donald Trump for months offered a tabloid editor a “blockbuster” story, which started talks that helped his 2016 campaign conceal a potentially damaging story in the run-up to Election Day.

In the former president’s hush money trial, jurors were shown a string of text messages exchanged between Karen McDougal’s then-attorney Keith Davidson and then-National Enquirer editor Dylan Howard. Dylan Howard mediated a $150,000 purchase of the story rights from publisher David Pecker.

The information is with Alex Woodward.

Texts are used in the “blockbuster Trump story” trial to negotiate a deal.

As the jury hears testimony, Keith Davidson, the lawyer for Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal, referred tabloid editors to stories about Trump’s purported extramarital affairs.

Oliver O’Connell1 May 2024, 17:15.

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