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Trump struggle to stay awake as  David Pecker testifies about hush money negotiations with Stormy Daniels, Karen McDougal

by AfroWorldNews

Former President Donald Trump’s hush money trial resumed on Thursday in Manhattan Criminal Court, where former National Enquirer publisher David Pecker — the first witness called by the prosecution — has resumed his testimony as the judge overseeing the case continues to weigh whether Trump violated a gag order by attacking other witnesses on social media.

Trump is facing 34 felony counts of falsifying business records to conceal a $130,000 hush money payment to adult film star Stormy Daniels — with whom he allegedly had an extramarital affair — ahead of the 2016 presidential election.

Trump defense argues ‘checkbook journalism’ is ‘standard operating procedure’

While cross-examining Pecker, Trump’s defense lawyer Emil Bove is arguing that “checkbook journalism” — a phrase for the practice of reporters or news agencies paying for rights to stories — was part of the “standard operating procedure” at the National Enquirer.

Bove is trying to establish that Pecker’s relationship with Trump was no different from Pecker’s relationship with other celebrities in terms of buying story rights. Some of the celebrities mentioned include Rahm and Ari Emanuel, Mark Wahlberg and Tiger Woods.

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