(MENAFN) Former President Donald Trump is facing criminal charges brought by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg related to a "hush money" payment made in 2016 to adult film star Stormy Daniels. Trump has denied all wrongdoing and claims he never had an affair with Daniels. He is set to surrender to police and appear in court for the first time on Tuesday.
James Trusty, an attorney representing Trump in a separate investigation, believes the former president's legal team will file motions to dismiss the Manhattan case before it reaches trial. Trusty stated that the New York case is "ripe for motions" and predicted that any motions filed by the Trump team will be "well-founded."
Trusty further stated that any charges involving an intent to defraud will be difficult to prove under New York law, and that there will be weaknesses in the case. He believes that the Trump team's motions could knock the case out before any jury ever hears an opening statement.
In an interview with CBS News, Trusty expressed confidence that even legal scholars on the other side of the political aisle will recognize the power of the motions his team plans to file. He believes that the case is weak and that any motions filed will be based on solid legal grounds.
The grand jury investigating the case voted to indict Trump, making him the first former president in U.S. history to face criminal charges. However, Trusty believes that the Trump team's motions to dismiss may be successful in getting the charges thrown out before ever reaching trial.
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