Stormy Daniels returns to court this Thursday to testify against the former president

Stormy Daniels returns to court this Thursday to testify against the former president
Stormy Daniels returns to court this Thursday to testify against the former president

Porn star Stormy Daniels testified this Thursday, May 9, in New York court, as part of the trial between her and former US President Donald Trump. The latter is being prosecuted for concealing a payment of $130,000 to the actress.

Porn star Stormy Daniels, at the center of Donald Trump’s historic trial, returned to testify this Thursday, May 9, in court in New York, in the United States, following a tense face-to-face with the ex -American president and his lawyers, who will seek to discredit her in front of the jury.

The Republican candidate for the 2024 presidential election denounced, upon his arrival in court, a “Frankenstein” case that “no one understands”, and announced a new “major” appeal against the ban, according to him, “unconstitutional” which is made to attack witnesses or jurors.

The actress and director resumed her place in the witness chair, after having already been heard for five hours on Tuesday. She gave unfiltered testimony about her meeting and the sexual relationship she claims to have had in 2006 with the current Republican presidential candidate, on the sidelines of a celebrity golf tournament in Nevada. His hearing continues this Thursday with the cross-examination of the defense.

First ex-president to appear in criminal court

One of Donald Trump’s lawyers, Susan Necheles, began the exercise on Tuesday by seeking to push her to her limits, portraying Stormy Daniels as a corrupt woman, who would have every interest in seeing a conviction of the ex-president, to whom she owes approximately $600,000 in legal fees after a lost defamation trial against him. Donald Trump, already married at the time to his wife Melania, denies any sexual relationship with Stormy Daniels.

The first former president of the United States to appear in criminal proceedings, he is being prosecuted for the concealment of a payment of 130,000 dollars to the actress to buy her silence on this episode at the very end of the 2016 presidential campaign.

Since April 15, he has had to sit almost every day in the Manhattan courtroom and listen silently to the proceedings, an obligation that prevents him from campaigning as he pleases.

An “unbalanced balance of power”, according to Daniels

Responding, nervous but voluble, to the prosecutor’s questions, Stormy Daniels, 27 years old at the time, hid nothing on Tuesday about her meeting in 2006 with the mogul: the “silk or satin pajamas” that he wore in his hotel suite, to the confidences about his wife – “we don’t sleep in the same room” – to the fact that he did not use a condom.

Stormy Daniels described her reaction when she came out of the bathroom to find the 60-year-old billionaire waiting for her undressed on his bed. “I felt the blood leave my hands,” she said.

If she did not feel threatened, she assures that the businessman’s intention “was quite clear” and that the “balance of power was unbalanced”.

This unique moment of the trial was necessary in the eyes of the prosecution, because it was to keep quiet ten years later that the actress received $130,000 from Donald Trump’s ex-lawyer, Michael Cohen.

And it is because of the concealment of the reimbursement to the lawyer in the accounts of his holding company, the Trump Organization, that Donald Trump is being tried today for 34 crimes of accounting falsification, which could earn him a conviction and in theory up to a prison sentence.

“Damaging” revelations, in Trump’s defense

But the defense denounced an unworthy and “extremely damaging” outburst for the Republican candidate, six months before his new duel against Joe Biden, on November 5. Judge Juan Merchan agreed that certain passages of the testimony could have “remained silent.”

A sign of the tension that reigned, he also asked Donald Trump’s lawyers to keep their client, who was “swearing audibly” during Stormy Daniels’ story, from reactions likely to “intimidate the witness.”

If the consequences for his campaign of a possible conviction are difficult to predict, an acquittal of Donald Trump would represent a victory for him.

Especially since the trial in New York risks being the only one to be judged before the November 5 election, among the four criminal cases in which he is charged.

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