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Trump Trial's First Witness

Former President Donald Trump's New York criminal trial over alleged falsified business records continued yesterday, featuring testimony from a former longtime head of the National Enquirer. Publisher David Pecker detailed a 2015 agreement he made with then-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen to purchase and not publish negative stories about Trump amid the 2016 presidential campaign. The trial pauses on Wednesdays and will resume tomorrow. 

Earlier in the day, Judge Juan Merchan considered whether Trump should be fined for allegedly violating an updated April 1 gag order barring him from making public statements about court staff or witnesses. Trump could be jailed for up to 30 days for repeatedly violating the order. A decision on the issue is expected at a later time.

Separately, the Supreme Court will weigh arguments tomorrow on whether Trump can claim presidential immunity for his actions in the aftermath of the 2020 election leading up to the Jan. 6, 2021, storming of the US Capitol. A favorable decision toward Trump could see charges in three of his four criminal trials dropped.

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