Stalemate in Trump’s Hush-Money Case: More Delays on the Horizon

Evan El-Amin /
Evan El-Amin /

The latest twist in the ongoing legal saga involving former President Donald Trump’s hush-money case has brought the issue of delays back into the spotlight. Trump’s legal team is pushing for a significant delay of at least 90 days or even dismissal of the case entirely. Their argument? Alleged “violations” in the discovery process.

According to Trump’s lawyers, the Manhattan state prosecutors must promptly adhere to legal requirements by sharing evidence. This evidence, they claim, pertains to the federal investigation of Trump’s ex-fixer, Michael Cohen, who turned prosecution witness.

The crux of the matter revolves around accusations that Trump funneled large sums of money to Cohen to keep stories of his marital infidelity under wraps. These payments were allegedly disguised as legal expenses in business documents. Trump faces charges of falsifying business records, among others.

In a documentary titled “Stormy,” released this week, Daniels recounts the escalation of violent threats she has faced since Trump’s indictment last year on charges related to hush money payments involving her.

The documentary delves into Daniels’ life-changing moment in 2018 when she publicly disclosed her alleged affair with Trump over a decade ago. However, it wasn’t until March 2023, with Trump’s indictment for falsifying business records related to payments made to her, that Daniels’ life took another drastic turn. Despite Trump’s denial of any sexual encounter with Daniels, he has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Following the indictment, Daniels received alarming messages from Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, expressing concern for her safety. Soon after, her address was leaked online, exposing her to potential danger. Daniels, known for her passion for horses, recounted a chilling incident at her home where someone attempted to lure out one of her horses, resulting in the animal being shot with a rubber bullet. While the horse survived, it bore the scars of the attack.

Moreover, Daniels faced a barrage of threats on social media, including vile messages wishing death upon her and urging her to commit suicide. Despite these threats, Daniels has remained resilient, though she laments the failure of the justice system to protect her.

Even before the indictment, Daniels lived in fear for herself and her family due to her outspokenness against Trump. She described feeling sure that her life was in danger. To protect her daughter’s sense of normalcy, Daniels limited her time at home during performance tours, as press attention would escalate whenever she returned home.

The documentary sheds light on the toll on individuals caught in the crossfire of high-profile legal battles, emphasizing the need for protection and justice in such cases. Daniels’ ordeal underscores the challenges faced by those who dare to challenge influential figures, even as they seek accountability through the legal system.

Adding to the complexity is a federal judge’s insinuation that Cohen may have committed perjury. Trump’s legal team accuses prosecutors of misconduct, claiming that certain documents contain exculpatory evidence favorable to the defense.

On the other side of the aisle, prosecutors argue that they have fulfilled their obligations under discovery law. They contend that Trump’s team is responsible for any delays, pointing out that the request for additional documents related to Cohen came late in the game.

The court’s decision on whether to grant the delay or dismiss the case entirely will likely hinge on the arguments presented before Judge Juan Merchan. It remains to be seen who, if anyone, bears responsibility for any shortcomings in the discovery process and what implications it will have for the case moving forward.

This latest development underscores the persistent legal battles that have followed Trump since his election. Despite leaving the White House, he continues to be entangled in a web of litigation, much to the frustration of his supporters.

As we await the court’s decision, one thing is clear: the drama surrounding Trump’s hush-money case shows no signs of abating, keeping the spotlight firmly fixed on the former president and the legal troubles that follow in his wake.