New York State Supreme Court Judge Juan Merchan has scheduled April 15 as the start date for the criminal trial of former US President and current Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. This marks the first such criminal trial in US history.

The case revolves around suspicions of illegal expenditure of funds collected for the 2016 election campaign. Trump is accused of using $130,000 from campaign donations to pay off porn star Stormy Daniels, with whom he allegedly had an intimate relationship, and then falsifying documents to conceal the payment.

During the 2016 campaign, Stormy reportedly threatened to disclose damaging information about Trump. The alleged payment was intended to silence her. However, the money was officially recorded as a legal fee.

Trump denies having had an affair with the porn star and refutes making any payments to her. He has expressed confidence that the trial will boost his popularity.

It's important to note that this is just one of the criminal proceedings underway against the politician. He is also under suspicion for involvement in attempts to overturn the results of the 2020 elections and for the illegal possession of classified documents.