Donald Trump is the first former president of the United States to face criminal prosecution, and the Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg has brought forward 34 counts of falsifying business records against him. The counts come as a result of Trump’s alleged attempts to keep news about a possible affair with porn star Stormy Daniels from going public. Prosecutors suspect that Trump altered records of the Trump Organization to cover up these payments, potentially leading to violation of state election campaign laws.
The controversy surrounding Trump and Stormy Daniels concerns a potential sexual encounter the pair had in 2006, shortly after Trump married Melania and their son was born. In 2016, soon after the “Access Hollywood” tape exposed some of Trump’s past behavior, Michael Cohen, an attorney with connections to the Trump Organization, orchestrated a payment of $130,000 to Daniels’ lawyer with the expectation that she would not speak publicly. It is said that this amount violated the individual donation limit of $2,700 to political campaigns, leading to the prosecution of Cohen who was consequently sentenced to three years in prison.
Trump has denied the allegations of an affair and opposed the charges against him, while Michael Cohen has stated that Trump reimbursed him for the $130,000 payment. It is this reimbursement process through the Trump Organization that has been the cause of the 34 counts of falsifying business records.
The Trump Organization is an American privately-held organization founded by Donald J. Trump in 1971 and is maintained by him and his family. It is comprised of real estate, marketing, finance, public relations, and other holdings, and provides its customers with a wide range of services. The Trump Organization owns and operates luxury hotel and golf courses, among other real estate investments. Donald Trump serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of the organization.
Donald Trump is a billionaire American business mogul, television personality, and the 45th President of the United States. Trump is famous for his direct and no-nonsense approach to business and life, becoming a household name due to shows such as “The Apprentice” and “Celebrity Apprentice.” He was elected as president in 2016 under the Republican Party banner, and served between 2017 and 2021. Trump is currently facing legal battles based on fraud and other issues, including the current charges concerning the Stormy Daniels payment and election campaign finance violations.