Stormy Daniels to Testify in Donald Trump’s Hush-Money Trial, Prompting Furious Response

Stormy Daniels to Testify in Donald Trump’s Hush-Money Trial, Prompting Furious Response

Stormy Daniels, the woman at the center of the alleged hush-money scheme involving former President Donald Trump, is set to take the stand in his ongoing criminal trial. The trial, which involves 34 felony counts of falsifying business records, accuses Trump and his associates of making hush money payments to women, including $130,000 to Daniels, to aid his 2016 presidential campaign.

Trump, seemingly caught off guard by the news, posted a furious rant on social media about the prosecution’s plan to call Daniels as a witness. However, he quickly deleted the post. In his deleted message, Trump criticized the trial proceedings, claiming bias and a violation of his First Amendment rights. He also expressed frustration at the lack of time for his lawyers to prepare.

Prosecutors allege that Trump unlawfully masked reimbursement payments to his former attorney, Michel Cohen, as legal expenses to cover up the alleged illegal campaign expense. The former president is accused of signing checks from the “Donald J. Trump Revocable Trust” account, which only he had the authority to do. Each check signed by Trump represents one count of falsification of business records.

Daniels’ testimony is expected to be a crucial component in the prosecution’s case against Trump. Former senior vice president comptroller for the Trump Organization, Jeffrey McConney, and Trump Organization Accounts Payable Supervisor Deborah Tarasoff testified on Monday, detailing the process of reimbursing Cohen for the supposed “retainer” used to cover up the payment to Daniels.

Last week, former tabloid boss David Pecker testified that Trump was aware of the details of the payment to Daniels. Pecker recalled Trump complaining about Daniels breaching the hush-money agreement after she gave a televised interview about her alleged affair with the former president.

Judge Juan Merchan, who presides over the trial, imposed a limited gag order on Trump, prohibiting him from attacking or commenting on witnesses. Trump’s deleted social media post may have violated this order. Merchan ruled on Monday that Trump had violated the order and found him in contempt of court, threatening him with jail time if he continues to violate it.

As court proceedings began on Tuesday, Merchan made it clear that explicit details of Trump’s alleged affair with Daniels would not be discussed. Prosecutors assured the court that Daniels would not be describing “genitalia” in her testimony.

Author: CrimeDoor

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