NEW YORK (NEWSnet/AP) — Opening statements in Donald Trump‘s hush money trial are set to begin in a Manhattan court on Monday.

This is the first of four criminal cases pending against the former president and currently leading candidate in the Republican party to reach the trial stage. It may also be the only one of those cases that moves to trial before the Nov. 5 election.

The statements are expected to give jurors and the voting public a view of allegations at the heart of the case, as well as insight into Trump’s expected defense.

Attorneys will also introduce the people who are expected to testify about situation that led to the charges, including Michael Cohen, Stormy Daniels, Karen McDougal, David Pecker and Hope Hicks.

The case brought by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg revisits a chapter from Trump’s history when his celebrity past collided with his political ambitions and, prosecutors say, he sought to prevent potentially damaging stories from surfacing through hush money payments.

Trump is charged with 34 felony counts of falsifying business records and could face four years in prison if convicted. He has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing.

A conviction would not preclude Trump from becoming president again, but because it is a state case, he would not be able to attempt to pardon himself if found guilty.

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