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On the 17th day of the trial involving President Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen, four key points emerged: 1) Cohen’s testimony implicated Trump in a scheme to pay hush money to women who claimed to have had affairs with him, 2) Cohen provided evidence of Trump’s involvement in the scheme, 3) Republicans attempted to discredit Cohen’s credibility, and 4) Democrats pushed for further investigation into Trump’s actions.

Source: https://abcnews.go.com/US/4-big-takeaways-day-17-trumps-hush-money/story?id=110210455

Former National Enquirer publisher David Pecker testified in the ongoing trial of former President Donald Trump, revealing that he had been involved in a scheme to pay off women who claimed to have had affairs with Trump. Pecker also admitted to destroying documents related to the payments, which were made in order to protect Trump’s reputation during the 2016 election. The testimony could potentially implicate Trump in campaign finance violations.

Source: https://www.politico.com/news/2024/04/25/trump-trial-david-pecker-testimony-00154517

The Justice Department has indicted seven people for their involvement in a scheme to submit fake electors for Donald Trump in the 2020 election in Arizona. The individuals are accused of conspiring to deceive the public and government officials by falsely claiming to be legitimate electors for Trump. The indictments are part of ongoing efforts to address attempts to undermine the integrity of the election.

Source: https://apnews.com/article/fake-electors-trump-2020-arizona-indictments-059a719514b0c6cb56f7d7339e87d0d5

The unsealing of a brief in the ongoing corruption case against Senator Bob Menendez and his wife reveals new details about their alleged involvement in a bribery scheme. The brief, filed by federal prosecutors, accuses the couple of accepting lavish gifts and donations in exchange for political favors. Menendez, who has maintained his innocence, is facing a retrial after the first ended in a hung jury. The unsealed brief sheds light on the evidence against the senator and his wife, adding to the complexity of the high-profile case.

Read more at: https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/2024/04/16/bob-menendez-wife-unsealed-brief/

Former US Ambassador to Spain, Manuel Rocha, has been sentenced to three years in prison for his involvement in a bribery scheme. Rocha was found guilty of accepting gifts and luxury vacations in exchange for using his position to benefit a Spanish construction company. The judge in the case stated that Rocha’s actions were a “betrayal of public trust” and that he had “sold out his country for personal gain.” This sentencing serves as a reminder of the consequences for corrupt behavior in high-ranking government positions.

Read more at: https://www.politico.com/news/2024/04/12/manuel-rocha-us-ambassador-sentenced-00152094

A Vietnamese businesswoman, Truong My Lan, has been sentenced to death for her involvement in a multi-million dollar fraud scheme. Lan, along with her accomplices, were found guilty of deceiving investors and embezzling funds from a real estate project. The case has sparked controversy and raised questions about the country’s legal system and its handling of white-collar crimes. Despite the severity of the sentence, Lan maintains her innocence and plans to appeal the decision.

Read more at: https://www.cnn.com/2024/04/11/business/truong-my-lan-vietnam-fraud-death-sentence/index.html

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