Stormy Daniels Story Day Has Arrived

Stormy Daniels Story Day Has Arrived
Stormy Daniels Story Day Has Arrived

Donald Trump (left) and former porn star Stormy Daniels (right).

AFP

Former porn star Stormy Daniels is expected in New York court on Tuesday to give her testimony against Donald Trump in the criminal trial of the former President of the United States, of which she is one of the main figures.

“We are informed that the second witness (of the day) will be Stormy Daniels,” said, at the start of the hearing, one of Donald Trump’s lawyers, Susan Necheles.

The 45-year-old actress, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, received $130,000 at the end of the 2016 presidential campaign to keep quiet about a sexual relationship she claimed to have had with Donald Trump in 2006, a payment hidden in the center of the case.

A few meters from Trump

Stormy Daniels is expected to be sworn in and likely testify for several hours in the courtroom, while Donald Trump, who accuses her of being a liar, will sit across from her, a few feet away, in the defendant’s place. .

With a grim face, Donald Trump, 77, entered the courtroom a little before 9:30 a.m. Tuesday (3:30 p.m. Swiss time), six months before the next presidential election, where he dreams of revenge against the outgoing Joe Biden.

“We wish to renew our objection to the fact that she (Stormy Daniels) testifies about any sexual act,” pleaded her lawyer. “It’s excessively damaging,” she added.

The question of the “sexual act”

Prosecutor Susan Hoffinger replied that the details could be left out but that “it is important to establish that there was a sexual act and what she felt.”

Since the payment was revealed by the Wall Street Journal in January 2018, in the middle of Donald Trump’s presidential mandate, the latter has always denied a relationship with the former American pornographic film star. He attacked her credibility and gave her the nickname “horse face”.

The money was paid by the Republican billionaire’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, via a shell company. He was reimbursed in 2017 by Donald Trump’s holding company, the Trump Organization, for expenses recorded in “legal fees” which are at the center of the lawsuits.

Since April 15, the Republican candidate for the 2024 presidential election has appeared before a jury for 34 falsifications of accounting documents, which could earn him the first criminal conviction of a former president of the United States and, in theory, a sentence of prison.

Eligible even if convicted

Even if convicted, he could still run on November 5 against Joe Biden. The payment itself is not disputed, but Donald Trump’s lawyers deny any criminal wrongdoing.

A few hours earlier Tuesday, a post on Donald Trump’s account on his Truth Social network was deleted. The former President of the United States complained, without naming him, about the witness expected Tuesday, protesting the lack of time available to his lawyers to prepare for this moment.

The judge banned Donald Trump from publicly attacking witnesses or jurors outside the courtroom and has already imposed ten fines of $1,000, the maximum amount, for as many violations of this ban. On Monday, he threatened for the second time to incarcerate him if he did it again.

(AFP)

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