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Exaggerated Claims Circulate About Judge Merchan’s Family

Exaggerated Claims Circulate About Judge Merchan’s Family

Social media posts seeking to discredit the judge who presided over former President Donald Trump’s criminal case in New York have been circulating online. Contrary to a popular meme, the judge’s wife works for a Republican district attorney, not the Democratic state attorney general, and his daughter was not personally paid by a high-profile Democrat.

Trump’s Repeated Claims on His New York Hush Money Trial

Trump’s Repeated Claims on His New York Hush Money Trial

Former President Donald Trump has been found guilty by a jury in New York on 34 felony counts of falsifying business records in an effort to conceal election law violations after buying the silence of porn star Stormy Daniels, shortly before the 2016 election. Trump repeatedly has made false and misleading statements about the case and trial.

Examining Trump’s Claims on His Arrest and Arraignment

Examining Trump’s Claims on His Arrest and Arraignment

In a speech from Mar-a-Lago hours after pleading not guilty to criminal charges in Manhattan, and in social media posts, former President Donald Trump has said the case against him is unfair. Here, we explain his attacks on the prosecutor, judge and venue.

What’s in Trump’s Indictment?

What’s in Trump’s Indictment?

The unsealed 16-page indictment against Donald Trump accuses the former president of 34 felony counts of falsifying business records, but it is the accompanying 13-page “Statement of Facts” released by the Manhattan district attorney that gets to the heart of the case.