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Donald Trump pleads not guilty to 34 felony counts



Donald Trump has pleaded not guilty to 34 felony criminal charges during a court hearing in New York

Donald Trump has become the first former U.S. president to be charged with a criminal offence.

Trump was accused of falsifying records to hide damaging information during the 2016 election. The charges centre around a $130,000 hush money payment made to porn star Stormy Daniels several days before the presidential election.

Prosecutors said Trump did not want to make the payment, and directed his then-lawyer Michael Cohen to delay it “until after the election… because at that point it would not matter if the story became public.”

Cohen has previously admitted paying Stormy Daniels in exchange for her silence on an alleged past sexual encounter with Trump. She maintains the relationship with consensual but Trump has denied any involvement.

“The defendant Donald J. Trump falsified New York business records in order to conceal an illegal conspiracy to undermine the integrity of the 2016 presidential election and other violations of election laws,” prosecutor Chris Conroy said.

Falsifying business records in New York is punishable by up to one year in prison. However, it is elevated to a felony when the motive is to advance or conceal another crime, including election law violations.

What happened in court?

Trump, 76, entered the courtroom wearing a dark suit and red tie. He did not say a word as he walked past police and into the New York courthouse, and replied “not guilty” when asked how he pleaded.

“In total, 34 false entries were made in New York business records to conceal the initial covert $130,000 payment,” prosecutors said.

“Trump then went to great lengths to hide this conduct, causing dozens of false entries in business records to conceal criminal activity, including attempts to violate state and federal election laws.”


The Office of New York District Attorney Alvin Bragg said “Trump and others employed a ‘catch and kill’ scheme to identify, purchase, and bury negative information about him and boost his electoral prospects.”

“Trump is charged in a New York State Supreme Court indictment with 34 counts of Falsifying Business Records in the First Degree,” Bragg’s office said.

Prosecutors made note of the Access Hollywood tape in which Trump spoke about grabbing women by their genitals.

After this video emerged before the 2016 election, the Trump campaign grew “concerned that the tape would harm his viability as a candidate and reduce his standing with female voters in particular”.

The indictment detailed other similar payments made to suppress potentially damaging stories ahead of the 2016 election.

One of these stories involves a former Playboy model, and another with a doorman.

Judge Juan Merchan did not issue a gag order on Trump. Both sides were told to be mindful of their language.

One of Trump’s lawyers, Joe Tacopina, said the unsealing of the indictment means “the rule of law died in this country”.

“While everyone is not above the law, no one is below it either. And if this man’s name was not Donald J Trump, there is no scenario we’d all be here today,” he added.”


Another lawyer for Trump, Todd Blanche, said “we’re going to fight it hard.” Blanche described Trump as frustrated, angry and upset about the charges.

What has the reaction been?

In Washington, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was asked whether President Joe Biden had been briefed.

“What I can tell you for sure is that the president is focused on the American people.

“Of course, this is playing out on many of the networks here on a daily basis for hours and hours, so obviously he will catch parts of the news,” she said.

In New York, barricades separated Trump loyalists, who were seen outside the courthouse. One police officer was heard asking supporters to “keep it civil”, as confrontations occurred.

Others gathered outside the courthouse with signs like “lock him up” held above their heads. Another sign read “Trump is the definition of depravity.”

Trump posted on the platform he founded, Truth Social, shortly after the arraignment.

“The hearing was shocking to many in that they had no ‘surprises,’ and therefore, no case. Virtually every legal pundit has said that there is no case here. There was nothing done illegally!” the post read.

Republicans have also offered their support to Trump, including House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, who accused Mr Bragg of “attempting to interfere in our democratic process by invoking federal law to bring politicized charges against President Trump.”

Trump has denied all wrongdoing and is pushing ahead with his 2024 presidential bid.

The next in-person court hearing is set for 4 December.

Costa is a news producer at ticker NEWS. He has previously worked as a regional journalist at the Southern Highlands Express newspaper. He also has several years' experience in the fire and emergency services sector, where he has worked with researchers, policymakers and local communities. He has also worked at the Seven Network during their Olympic Games coverage and in the ABC Melbourne newsroom. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts (Professional), with expertise in journalism, politics and international relations. His other interests include colonial legacies in the Pacific, counter-terrorism, aviation and travel.

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Understanding the “very serious threat of military aggression” from dictatorships



The U.S. National Security Strategy has outlined the risks of autocratic states

U.S. President Joe Biden has not minced his words since he took office.

The U.S. National Security Strategy has outlined the risks autocratic states pose to Washington.

From Russia staging a full-scale invasion of Ukraine, to China’s Xi Jinping winning an historic third term as leader, autocratic states are able to make quick decisions.

But Washington has sought to change that narrative by holding regional dialogues with Pacific Island nations, and African leaders.

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Why are Hollywood writers walking off the job?



Writers in Hollywood and New York are on strike

Thousands of film and television writers are making their voices heard and pounding the pavement over a labor dispute.

The writers are on strike demanding better working conditions like pay increases in pay and residuals so they can stay in this industry.

Writers in Hollywood and New York are marching in picket lines looking to flex their muscles in an attempt to send a message to producers that they are not happy with what’s being offered.

The Writer’s Guild strike marks their first in 15-years and has sent Hollywood into turmoil, disrupting production.

The walkout comes as traditional TV audiences continue to shrink and the industry grapples with how to transition to the ever-growing popularity of streaming.

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Seth Schachner from StratAmericas joins us to discuss. #stirke #hollywoodstrike #writers #tv #streaming

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Debt limit dispute: Will America default?



Can U.S. lawmakers agree on the debt limit before the fast approaching deadline to avoid default?

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But can President Joe Biden and Republicans come to an agreement on fiscal policy in time?

The federal government could run out of money as early as June 1. Without borrowing more there is a risk that the United States will begin defaulting on its financial obligations.

Negotiations between Speaker Kevin McCarthy and President Joe Biden at the White House continue as lawmakers are staring down a swiftly approaching deadline.

The Treasury has been warning that the government would likely default on some bills in June if Congress does not raise the debt ceiling.

Democrats have insisted on raising the debt limit without preconditions. But Republicans say President Biden and the Democrats are playing Russian roulette with America’s economy after a two-year spending binge that brought 40-year high inflation and pushed the nation’s debt to over $31-trillion.

While both sides have agreed that action is needed to reduce the deficit—each have extremely different ideas about how to do it.

Republicans are looking to cut spending levels, while Democrats have called to increase tax revenue from the ultra-wealthy and large corporations.

So, can Washington D.C. politicians broker a deal and prevent the American economy from falling off a cliff?

Mitch Roschelle, Managing Director at Madison Ventures and a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of San Diego School of Business joined us to discuss. #U.S. Politics #Mitch Roschelle #debt ceiling #Capitol Hill #Washington D.C.

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