BREAKING NEWS: Manhattan grand jury to hear evidence on Trump’s role in paying porn star Stormy Daniels $130,000 in ‘hush money’ to try and kill a story about their ‘affair’
Donald Trump’s role in hush money payments to porn star Stormy Daniels will be under the microscope of a grand jury today, it was reported on Monday afternoon.
Prosecutors in Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s office are laying out their case, which could potentially lead to criminal charges, according to the New York Times.
She claims to have slept with Trump in 2006, which the former president denies. He was married to former First Lady Melania Trump, who had given birth to their son Barron less than six months before their brief fling.
Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen previously admitted to paying $130,000 to Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, to keep her silent during the 2016 campaign.
Cohen pleaded guilty to violating campaign finance law in 2018 and sentenced to three years in prison for arranging the payment and a nondisclosure agreement.
He told a judge at the time that they were made ‘in coordination with and at the direction of a candidate for federal office.’
On Monday, among the witnesses seen arriving at the Manhattan judicial proceedings was reportedly David Pecker, former publisher of The National Enquirer.
He previously admitted to prosecutors that he worked ‘in concert’ with the Trump 2016 campaign to arrange hush money payments for Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal.
A statement from the Manhattan DA’s office at the time said he helped facilitate the payments so the women would ‘not publicize damaging allegations’ about Trump.
This story is breaking and will be updated…
Former President Donald Trump at a South Carolina campaign event on Saturday
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