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Trump trial: Former key Trump aide Hope Hicks called to testify

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We are now two weeks into testimony in the hush money trial against former US President Donald Trump.

So let’s take a moment to zoom out and see what the case is about.

Trump has been accused of corporate fraud for money payments to former porn actress Stormy Daniels.

Daniels claims she and Trump had sex and that she accepted $130,000 (£104,500) from her former lawyer before the 2016 election in exchange for her silence about the encounter.

Prosecutors allege that Trump had his personal attorney, Michael Cohen, make the payments, and then claim that Trump fraudulently recorded the transaction on his company’s books as legal expenses when he was actually repaying Cohen for the payments to maintain his silence.

Paying hush money is not illegal, but prosecutors say the way the payment was recorded amounts to election fraud.

Since the allegations surfaced in 2018, the former president has denied any sexual relationship with Daniels.

He faces 34 counts of fraud under campaign finance laws and has pleaded not guilty to all of them.