NEW YORK (NEWSnet/AP) — The first week of testimony at Donald Trump’s hush money trial was a scene-setter for jurors: Manhattan prosecutors portrayed what they say was an illegal scheme to influence the 2016 presidential campaign by burying negative stories.

The next step is filling in the details for that narrative.

Court resumes Tuesday with Gary Farro, a banker who helped Trump’s former attorney Michael Cohen open accounts, including one that Cohen used to buy the silence of porn performer Stormy Daniels. She alleged a 2006 sexual encounter with Trump, which he denies.

Trump, the former president and leading Republican candidate, has been campaigning in his off-hours for the Nov. 5 election, but is required to be in court when it is in session, four days a week.

Jurors have already heard from two witnesses: Trump’s former longtime executive assistant, Rhona Graff; and former National Enquirer publisher David Pecker.

Through detailed testimony on email exchanges, business transactions and bank accounts, prosecutors are forming the foundation of their argument that Trump is guilty of 34 felony counts of falsifying business records in connection with the hush money payments.

Specifically, Judge Juan M. Merchan has been asked to rule on a prosecutor’s request to fine Trump over allegations of gag order violations. The gag order bars him from making public statements about some of those involved in the case.

Background on the Case

 

The hush money case, formally known as People of the State of New York v. Donald J. Trump, is the first of four criminal investigations pending against the former president to go to trial.

The 34 felony counts of falsifying business records involve a series of incidents and conversations that took place when Trump ran in 2016 for what became a successful election attempt to the White House. He has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing.

Media Coverage Rules

 

New York state rules do not allow TV cameras during courtroom hearings; pool photographers are allowed in only for a few minutes each day before the session gets started.

There is an overflow room where news media can watch the proceedings live via monitor, but visitors are prohibited from recording and photography in the overflow space.

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