Closing arguments in the historic hush money trial against former US President Trump

Closing arguments are to be held on Tuesday in the historic New York trial against former US President Donald Trump over a hush money payment. The prosecution will speak first, then the defense. The jury is expected to begin deliberating on Wednesday. In the first criminal trial in history against a former US president, Trump is accused of falsifying business documents to cover up a hush money payment to porn star Stormy Daniels.

Stormy Daniels was persuaded by the payment before the 2016 election to conceal an alleged sex affair that she claims to have had with Trump and which he denies. If the jury finds the likely presidential candidate guilty, the judge would later determine the sentence. A prison sentence is possible, but experts expect a suspended sentence or a fine. Trump describes the trial as a political maneuver intended to undermine his election campaign against President Joe Biden.