A Social Security benefits error has rendered American families destitute and unable to repay enormous debts; the situation is “terrifying.” Currently, four policy modifications may grant overpaid beneficiaries an exemption

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Social Security errors leading to financial ruin

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(Reuters) -Donald Trump once again attacked his former lawyer Michael Cohen on Saturday, potentially testing the limits of a gag order that bars him from making public statements about witnesses concerning their testimony in his upcoming criminal trial in New York. In a post on his Truth Social platform, the former president wrote, “Has disgraced attorney and felon Michael Cohen been prosecuted for LYING? Only TRUMP people get prosecuted by this Judge and these thugs!”

Cohen is expected to be a key witness for the prosecution at the trial, which is scheduled to begin with jury selection on Monday and will be the first criminal trial ever of a former American president.

Prosecutors have accused Trump of falsifying business records to hide a $130,000 payment to porn star Stormy Daniels ahead of the 2016 election to buy her silence about an alleged sexual encounter with Trump.

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Cohen has said Trump ordered him to make the payment and then arranged for him to be reimbursed.

Trump has pleaded not guilty, and has denied having sex with Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford.

Justice Juan Merchan, who is overseeing the trial, imposed a gag order on Trump in March at prosecutors’ request, blocking him from speaking about witnesses concerning their participation in the case.

He extended the order on April 1 to cover his own family members and those of Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, though Merchan and Bragg themselves are not included.

The district attorney’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Trump, the Republican presidential candidate in November’s election, has claimed he is the victim of political persecution.

At a campaign rally in Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, Trump called Merchan “highly conflicted and corrupt” and accused Bragg of trying to prevent him from defeating President Joe Biden.

Cohen pleaded guilty in 2018 to federal charges that he violated campaign finance law through the payment to Daniels. He separately pleaded guilty later that year to lying to Congress in 2017 about a real estate project in Moscow, though he says he did so to protect Trump.

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Trump went after both Cohen and Daniels – another likely prosecution witness – on Truth Social earlier this week, calling them “sleaze bags.”

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