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Defense attacks Cohen, prosecution attacks Trump in hush money trial closing

NEW YORK - A prosecutor urged jurors in marathon closing arguments Tuesday to convict Donald Trump in a hush money scheme "that could very well be what got President Trump elected" in 2016 - suggesting that the stifled tale of sex with a porn star changed the course of American history.

By offering that the alleged crimes may have decided the winner of the 2016 presidential race, Assistant District Attorney Joshua Steinglass implicitly highlighted the potential stakes of the seven-week trial - that the jury's verdict here could alter the 2024 presidential race, in which Trump is the presumptive Republican nominee.

Steinglass said the evidence is overwhelming that Trump knew of and directed efforts to falsify business records related to the reimbursement of a $130,000 payment to adult-film actress Stormy Daniels.


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