A significant development has occurred in Trump’s criminal case against former President Donald Trump, as a federal judge ruled in favor of Manhattan prosecutors, allowing them access to a recording of a deposition given by Trump. The ruling comes amidst preparations for a March trial, where Trump faces charges of falsifying business records, CBS News reported.
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The deposition in question took place in October 2022 and involved Trump answering questions under oath in a lawsuit filed by writer E. Jean Carroll, who accused him of rape and defamation. Portions of the deposition were already played during the trial earlier this year, leading to a jury finding Trump liable for sexually abusing Carroll.
Prosecutors from the office of Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg assert that the deposition contains material relevant to their case, particularly about the “Access Hollywood” tape that surfaced just before the 2016 presidential election. They believe the deposition could be instrumental in supporting their arguments as they proceed with Trump’s criminal case.
In Trump’s criminal case, Trump has pleaded not guilty to 34 felony counts of falsification of business records, which are linked to a payment made to adult film star Stormy Daniels by his former attorney days before the 2016 presidential election.
The process of obtaining the deposition involved a subpoena being conditionally approved by a New York judge in July. The prosecutors were then instructed to seek approval from the federal judge presiding over the civil trial involving Carroll. The federal judge, Lewis Kaplan, approved, leading to the deposition being handed over to Manhattan prosecutors.
The significance of this ruling lies in the potential impact of the deposition on Trump’s criminal case against Trump. Prosecutors believe that the deposition’s content, covering various subject matters, could bolster their arguments and provide valuable evidence to support their case.
As Trump’s criminal case is scheduled to proceed to trial in March, the deposition’s inclusion adds another layer of complexity to the legal proceedings. Meanwhile, Trump is also facing another trial in Florida on 40 felony counts related to the alleged “willful retention” of classified documents after his tenure as president. He has pleaded not guilty in that case as well.
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Additionally, Trump recently entered a not-guilty plea in a federal court in Washington, D.C., where he is facing four felony charges linked to alleged efforts to retain power after the 2020 election. An initial trial date for this case is expected to be set at an upcoming hearing.
As the legal battles continue, the depositions and evidence presented during the trials will be crucial in determining the outcomes and potential consequences for the former president. The rulings and proceedings will undoubtedly draw significant attention and scrutiny in the months ahead.