How Melania Trump Will Play Key Role In Donald Trump’s Defense In The Stormy Daniels Trial

Former U.S. President Donald Trump will reportedly argue in the Stormy Daniels trial that he concealed the payment of hush money for his affair so as not to offend his wife, Melania Trump.

With his legal troubles piling up, Trump is expected to receive a judgment on his New York fraud trial, where he faces nearly $400 million in fines and a lifetime ban from real estate deals in New York.

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US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump are seen driving away in the motorcade after arriving on Air Force One at Palm Beach International Airport

Trump is scheduled to face trial next month for allegedly paying hush money to two women, Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal, during his 2016 presidential campaign.

The trial, dubbed the Stormy Daniels trial, aims to determine if Trump can be on the ballot for the upcoming election later this year.

Prosecutors have already argued that Trump falsified records to conceal payments, which they believe is an act of withholding truthful information from voters, thereby violating the electoral laws.

However, it is understood that Trump won’t deny that he concealed payments. Instead, he would argue that the reason was to hide the affairs from his wife, Melania Trump, and not as a preventive move to avoid knowledge of the affairs being used by his then-opponents to malign him.

“I see the defense as being more about: ‘I wanted to keep this away from my wife. It had nothing to do with the election; it had to do with my wife,'” said Andrew Weissmann, an expert attorney and professor, per Newsweek.

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While it remains to be seen if this is what would happen when the trial begins on March 25, Weismann claims that “there are very strong facts against” such a notion being the true “scenario.”

He mentioned that the prosecuting lawyers would most likely “present evidence” that Trump did not care about the affairs coming to light after election day, implying that it was indeed done to conceal information from the voters.

“The allegation is that he didn’t really care if this came out after the election,” Weismann said.

He added, “Well, if you were really trying to keep it from your wife, then you would never want it coming out. It won’t be that you were ok with telling her, but you were waiting for the election to be over.”

In the meantime, Trump has pleaded not guilty to 34 felony charges in the Stormy Daniels trial. He has also mentioned on a number of occasions that his political enemies are targeting him to endanger his re-election bid.

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In the coming days, Arthur Engoron, the judge overseeing Trump’s New York fraud trial, is expected to rule on it.

It comes after the New York attorney general’s office filed a lawsuit against the billionaire mogul for inflating the value of his assets on government financial statements.

If found guilty, Trump might be ordered to pay a fine of $370 million, as recommended by the prosecutors, and face a lifetime ban from the New York real estate industry.

Engoron had earlier ruled in a pre-trial decision that Trump’s business license would be suspended pending the conclusion of the trial, a move that prompted the former U.S. president to call him out on social media.

Trump, who has refuted that he acted wrongly, filed an appeal against the earlier ruling and is expected to file another if the upcoming verdict does not swing in his favor.

Doha Madani

Doha Madani is a senior breaking news reporter for NKY News.

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