Trump's Legal Woes: A Turn for the Worse?

New Developments Unfold in Trump's Ongoing Legal Challenges

by Zain ul Abedin
Trump's Legal Woes: A Turn for the Worse?
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In the latest development surrounding former President Donald Trump, his ex-chief financial officer, Allen Weisselberg, may play a pivotal role in the ongoing legal saga. Bryan M. Sullivan, an attorney for Hunter Biden and co-founder of Early Sullivan Wright Gizer & McRae in Los Angeles, has indicated to Newsweek that Weisselberg could be instrumental in connecting crucial aspects of Trump's anticipated trial over alleged hush money payments to adult film actress Stormy Daniels.

Weisselberg's potential cooperation comes in the wake of The New York Times' February 1 report, which suggested his willingness to work with authorities. This includes admitting to previously lying during Trump's recent New York fraud trial.

"Weisselberg's cooperation, likely a condition of his plea, is expected to play a role in another legal matter - likely the criminal case involving alleged payments to Stormy Daniels," Sullivan remarked. While Newsweek reached out for comments from Trump and Weisselberg's legal representatives, Sullivan highlighted that the Daniels case, currently the only one pending in New York involving Trump, might see Weisselberg elucidate the financial trail behind the alleged payoff.

Sullivan posits that Weisselberg's insights could be critical, even without him taking the witness stand in the Daniels trial. "His cooperation might bring forth pertinent evidence, potentially leading him to testify," Sullivan added.

This refers to accusations that Trump orchestrated a scheme to doctor documents while reimbursing his former lawyer, Michael Cohen, for Daniels' hush money in 2016.

Trump's Legal Battles Escalate

Trump, who faces 34 felony charges in relation to this case, has consistently denied wrongdoing, dismissing it as a politically motivated attack against his White House aspirations.

Daniels, on her part, has affirmed her readiness to testify in the trial set to commence in New York on March 25. Trump's attendance remains uncertain. Following the postponement of a federal interference trial initially slated for March 4 in Washington D.C., the Daniels payment case is now queued as Trump's next legal challenge.

This marks the first criminal case against Trump, with Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg filing felony charges in March 2023. In a separate legal front, New York Attorney General Letitia James is pursuing a lawsuit against Trump for allegedly inflating asset values to secure better loans.

She seeks $370 million and aims to ban Trump from New York business dealings. Trump maintains his innocence, attributing political motives to the lawsuit, especially given his lead in the GOP for the 2024 presidential race.

The conclusion of a protracted damages trial late last year, led by Judge Arthur Engoron who found Trump liable for fraud, is yet to see a final verdict. Initially expected by January 31, a New York court spokesperson recently indicated a possible early to mid-February decision, subject to changes.