Daniel R. Alonso extensively quoted in Insider article, “Trump risks ‘hush money’ charges carrying up to 4 years in prison, say ex-Manhattan prosecutors”
InsiderDaniel R. Alonso
The Insider article, “Trump risks ‘hush money’ charges carrying up to 4 years in prison, say ex-Manhattan prosecutors,” regarding Donald Trump’s Manhattan grand jury trial, reports the former president could face a prison sentence for falsifying business records in paying Stormy Daniels hush money through his lawyer Michael Cohen.
Alonso, who served as chief assistant district attorney in the Manhattan DA’s office, said, “From what we know publicly, the ‘false entry’ would be Cohen’s legal bills.” The next level of proof for a first-degree business-falsification charge, “would be showing an intent either to commit another crime or to aid in the concealment of another crime. That other crime could be the federal campaign finance violation of not reporting what was arguably a campaign expenditure — the quashing of Daniels’ explosive story, which was set to go public days before the election,” Alonso said.
He later noted, “The DA shouldn’t overlook one of these cases just because it’s Donald Trump. It always struck me as incredibly unfair that Michael Cohen is the only person that was charged in this crime. The idea that the bag man is the only one that goes down and the principal gets away scot-free just doesn’t really square with justice.”