US prosecutors met with the porn actress known as Stormy Danielsbefore deciding whether to press charges against the former president donald trump for an alleged bribe paid to woman before 2016 election to keep relationship secrethis lawyer reported today.
If the Manhattan prosecutor charges Trump, the 76-year-old tycoon would become the first former president to be charged with a crime and could hurt his chances to be the Republican nominee in the 2024 election.
The actress’ attorney, Clark Brewster, said on Twitter that his client had met with investigators at the request of the district attorney’s office.
“Stormy responded to questions and agreed to make herself available as a witness or if needed by the future investigation,” Brewster said.
Daniels retweeted the message and thanked his attorney for his support in his “continued fight for truth and justice.”
According to the investigation, two weeks before the November 2016 election, Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, gave Daniels – whose real name is Stephanie Clifford – $130,000 to keep quiet about a relationship she had with him. Republican tycoon years before, and that the former president denies.
The lawyer stated that the money was later reimbursed.
If not accounted for correctly, the refund to Cohen could lead to an indictment against Trump for a crime in New York, and even for a crime if it served to disguise a second crime, according to The New York Times.
Trump has faced a battery of investigations in recent years, but so far no criminal charges have been filed against him.
Last week, the prosecutor offered Trump the opportunity to testify before a grand jury, but he will most likely decline to avoid potential self-incrimination.
Experts say that this invitation is a sign that the former leader is going to be charged.
In a message on his Truth Social social network, Trump said that in the “Daniels case” he trusts “the lawyers to solve this extortion (…) that took place a long time ago”, without making it clear if he was doing so. admitting that he had made the payment to the actress.