Stormy Daniels Adult film star testifying against Trump in New York trial


Stephanie Clifford, also known as Stormy Daniels, took the stand on Tuesday in the criminal trial involving former President Donald Trump. She is one of two women whom prosecutors allege Trump paid off to safeguard his electoral prospects during his initial White House campaign.

During her testimony, Clifford recounted her first encounter with Trump at a 2006 celebrity golf tournament sponsored by the adult film company she worked for. She described being invited to a private dinner with Trump during the event, where he suggested she join his television show, The Apprentice.

Present in the courtroom for Clifford’s testimony, as required by New York criminal law, was the former president himself, accompanied by his son Eric Trump. Trump faces 34 felony charges related to allegedly falsifying New York business records to conceal information that could have influenced the 2016 presidential election. Trump maintains his innocence, characterizing the trial as “election interference” due to its impact on his 2024 presidential campaign, as he must be present in court daily, restricting his ability to campaign.

Stormy Daniels Adult film star testifying against Trump in New York trial
Stormy Daniels Adult film star testifying against Trump in New York trial

Who is Stormy Daniels?

Daniels is an adult film actor who received a During Trump’s initial presidential campaign in 2016, his then-personal attorney Michael Cohen made a $130,000 payment to Stephanie Clifford, known as Stormy Daniels, who alleged she had an affair with Trump after his marriage to Melania and shortly after the birth of his youngest son, Barron.

Despite Trump’s denial of the affair, Cohen confessed to the payments in 2018, and Trump later acknowledged Cohen’s representation in the matter after initially refuting it. In the same year, Cohen pleaded guilty to federal charges, including violating campaign finance laws “at the direction of a candidate for federal office,” and received a three-year federal prison sentence.

Daniels also pursued a defamation lawsuit against Trump in 2018, which was ultimately dismissed. In 2023, she attempted to appeal the decision but lost, resulting in her being ordered to cover Trump’s legal fees totaling $120,000. Around the same time, a Manhattan grand jury indicted Trump.

Earlier this year, a new documentary titled “Stormy” was released on Peacock, chronicling Daniels’ life from 2018 to 2023 and the array of legal and personal obstacles she has encountered since coming forward with her story.

How does she fit in the prosecution’s case?

In 2018, scrutiny surrounded the payment made by Michael Cohen to Stormy Daniels, raising concerns about potential violations of campaign finance laws. Trump has consistently asserted that the payment was unrelated to the election, emphasizing his efforts to safeguard his marriage and family, and suggesting that Cohen acted independently. However, prosecutors contend that the payments breached New York laws prohibiting illegal efforts to bolster a candidate’s campaign. They allege that a $420,000 reimbursement to Cohen was inaccurately documented in Trump’s business records as a “legal retainer,” concealing the illicit payment.

During opening statements at the trial, prosecutor Matthew Colangelo outlined plans to illustrate to the jury how payments were computed and camouflaged for tax purposes. Colangelo portrayed Trump as a shrewd businessman who, despite his reputation for cost-consciousness, willingly doubled Cohen’s payment to disguise it as income. He argued that Trump sought to prevent damaging information about an extramarital affair with a porn star from surfacing before Election Day, highlighting the potential impact on the campaign.

Colangelo asserted that there was no legitimate retainer agreement; rather, the arrangement was devised as a covert method to reimburse Cohen. He detailed how Cohen submitted 11 fictitious invoices, paid through checks containing false entries signed by Trump himself.

In response, defense attorney Todd Blanche dedicated time to discrediting the prosecution’s key witnesses, particularly Cohen, who has a history of perjury, and Stormy Daniels, also known as Stephanie Clifford. Blanche highlighted Daniels’ recent documentary and referenced Trump’s successful defamation lawsuit against her as factors potentially influencing her credibility.




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