Prosecutors lay out hush money case against Trump

Prosecutors and defense attorneys gave their opening statements in New York on Monday in a criminal trial against former US President Donald Trump. He is the first person to have served in the Oval Office to face such a trial.

Trump has pleaded not guilty to 34 counts of falsifying business records. Prosecutors say he orchestrated a "scheme to corrupt" the 2016 election including hush money paid to an adult film star. They say he tried to hide a 130-thousand-dollar payment to buy her silence about an affair. They say he engaged in a conspiracy to cover up things that might have hurt his campaign.

Defense lawyers argue the prosecutors are trying to present legal activities in a negative way. They said there is nothing illegal about entering into a nondisclosure agreement and nothing wrong with "trying to influence an election."

Trump is the presumptive Republican nominee in the election this year and is expected to face off again against President Joe Biden. "This is a Biden witch hunt to keep me off the campaign trail," he said.

Trump is also facing charges in three other criminal cases.