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NY against Trump: the defense rests, final arguments next week in a historic trial

Judge Juan Merchán could rule Tuesday morning on Trump’s defense attorneys’ motion to completely dismiss the case against the former president after prosecutors rested the case following days of testimony from their star witness, Michael Cohen.

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg charged Trump with 34 counts of falsifying business records in the first degree. Prosecutors must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Trump falsified business records 34 times to conceal a $130,000 payment to Stormy Daniels, a pornographic entertainer, in the run-up to the 2016 election to silence her about an alleged affair with Trump in 2006.

Trump has pleaded not guilty to all charges and maintains his innocence.

After Michael Cohen’s fourth day of testimony was completed, prosecutors dismissed their case and Trump’s defense attorneys called two of their own witnesses.

At the end of the day’s hearing, Trump defense attorney Todd Blanche asked for an immediate dismissal order, saying there is “no evidence” that the business filings or records at the center of the case were false, that there is “no evidence” absolutely no false commercial presentations.”

Blanche said there is no doubt that Cohen acted as Trump’s personal attorney in 2017 and that there is no evidence or intent by Trump to deceive, conceal or falsify business records.

Blanche said there would be records of intent to defraud, if they existed, and that no other crimes were being covered up. She said there was no evidence that anyone was thinking about a campaign finance charge when the payment to Stormy Daniels was made or when Cohen and then-Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg developed the payment plan.

This is an excerpt from an article by Brooke Singman of Fox News.