Stormy Daniels says she’ll ‘absolutely’ testify if Trump hush money case goes to trial

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FILE – Adult film actress Stormy Daniels arrives for the opening of the adult entertainment fair Venus in Berlin, Oct. 11, 2018. An appeals court ruled Tuesday, April 4, 2023, that Daniels must pay nearly $122,000 of Donald Trump’s legal fees that were racked up in connection with the porn actor’s failed defamation lawsuit. The ruling in Los Angeles came as Trump also faced a criminal case related to alleged hush money he paid to Daniels and another woman who claimed he had affairs with them. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, File) Markus Schreiber/AP

Stormy Daniels says she’ll ‘absolutely’ testify if Trump hush money case goes to trial

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Adult film actress Stormy Daniels said she would agree to testify against Donald Trump if the former president goes to trial for a number of criminal charges related to hush money payments allegedly made during his first presidential run in 2016.

In an interview with Piers Morgan that was aired on Thursday, Daniels said she would look forward to giving her testimony ao “legitimize” her story. It’s not yet clear whether the case will go to trial, and if it does, it likely won’t begin until early next year.

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“It’s daunting, but I look forward to it,” Daniels said. “Because I have nothing to hide — I’m the only one who has been telling the truth.”

If Daniels is not called to the stand by prosecutors, the porn star said it could send a message that they “have something to hide,” which could damage their case.

“It almost feels like they’re hiding me, and people will automatically assume … that, ‘Oh, she must not be a good witness; she’s not credible,” she said.

Daniel’s comments come just days after Trump was indicted on 34 counts of falsifying business records in a hush-money case that centers on alleged payments the former president made to Daniels to keep quiet about a sexual affair. Trump has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing and denounced the charges as baseless and politically motivated.

In one instance, former Trump attorney Michael Cohen wired $130,000 to an attorney to be transferred to Daniels to keep quiet about an alleged sexual affair. Cohen later pleaded guilty to the illegal campaign contribution charge in 2018.

At the time of Cohen’s trial, federal prosecutors did not press charges against Trump due to guidance from the Justice Department that a sitting president cannot be charged with a crime. However, prosecutors revived discussions about possible charges shortly before Trump left office in 2021.

Manhattan prosecutors later opened an investigation into whether Trump falsified business records to list the reimbursement as a legal expense, which led to the charges that were unsealed on Tuesday.

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In the court documents, Bragg accused Trump of orchestrating a “catch and kill” scheme during the 2016 presidential cycle to identify negative stories about him and pay large sums of money to bury them from public view. After making such alleged payments, Trump is accused of hiding the conduct by making “dozens of false entries in business records to conceal criminal activity, including attempts to violate state and federal election laws.”

Trump returned to his Mar-a-Lago home after his court appearance on Tuesday and is scheduled to reappear for his next hearing on Dec. 4. The trial is not expected to begin until January.

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