Attorneys in the criminal case against Trump have stated that they have a tape of Trump and a witness

 May 27, 2023

Recent documents released by the Manhattan district attorney's office shed new light on the criminal case against former President Donald Trump.

The attorneys for the former president reportedly received a tape that included a witness, the identity of whom has not been disclosed, on a tape with Trump, according to CBS News.

The document, known as an automatic discovery form, defines the nature of the accusations against a defendant and provides a broad summary of the evidence that prosecutors will present at Trump's preliminary hearing or trial.

In the weeks following Trump's April 4 arrest, his attorneys and media organizations, including CBS News, repeatedly requested that this document be made public.

The nature of the charges against the defendant ended up being summarized, indicating that since Trump's arrest on April 4, his legal team and many media outlets have repeatedly requested the release of these documents.

Trump, who is the only ex-president in American history to face criminal charges, allegedly paid "hush money" payments have resulted in 34 accusations of criminal falsification of corporate records against him.

The Allegations Were Met With A Not-Guilty Plea

The document reportedly details 34 instances of suspected fraud that took place between February 14, 2017 and December 5, 2017.

A prosecutor from the office of Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg wrote in the section of the disclosure document about electronic evidence that the prosecution had given the defense a "recording of a conversation between [the] defendant and a witness."

The prosecution's intention to reveal recordings of witness phone calls to other parties is also made apparent in this section.

Trump's Response

The document was submitted on Tuesday, the same day that President Trump appeared for a hearing before New York Judge Juan Merchan.

Merchan allowed Trump to appear in court through live video link instead of directly standing before the judge, saving police authorities a massive security operation around Trump's arraignment.

Merchan explained the protective order he had issued, which forbade Trump to release or even have custody of the majority of the information that would soon be handed over.

Trump is not allowed to publicly discuss the matter or provide any new information on social media about it that has not already been made public.

Prosecutors have labeled several documents as "Limited Dissemination Materials," meaning that Trump will only be able to read them in the presence of his attorneys.

Merchan cautioned Trump that any infractions of the order might lead to sanctions or penalties, "up to a finding of contempt, which is punishable."

Some have questioned whether Trump's court struggles will have a substantial impact on his current presidential bid, and what the long-term implications could be of a candidate being targeted by potentially partisan prosecutors.

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