Trump Hush Money trial will feature Stormy Daniels’ sextimism: experts

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Donald Trump will have to sit in the room while Stormy Daniels testifies about sex.
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  • Jury selection begins Monday in Manhattan for Donald Trump’s first criminal trial.
  • However, things won’t really heat up until Stormy Daniels takes the stand in the coming weeks.
  • Legal experts predict prosecutors will ask him about that night in Tahoe with Trump.

Yes, Stormy Daniels is going. there.

And when it does, as legal experts believe it must, it will be the most dramatic and surreal moment in an already dramatic and surreal historical event: the first criminal trial of a former president.

At some point in the next few weeks, daniels – an exotic dancer, porn star and adult entertainment entrepreneur – will be called to testify on the stand in a Manhattan court.

Experts predict that, under oath, and with Donald Trump watching from the defense table, she will testify that she had sex with the then-Apprentice star in 2006. in his hotel suite in Lake Tahoe.

The vulgarity worthy of a daytime drama won’t end there.

Trump, who has flatly denied a sexual encounter and who calls Daniels a “horse face” and a liar -is promising to testifyand he might well try to attack her himself if he thinks her lawyers aren’t doing an adequate job.

“The defense will do everything they can to discredit every part of the prosecution’s story,” predicted Ron Kuby, a veteran Manhattan defense attorney.

“Starting with that foundation. And the foundation of the case is that they had sexual relations.”

A court sketch of Donald Trump in a Manhattan courtroom for a pretrial hearing in his hush money case.
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What does sex have to do with this?

The Trump hush money trial, from a strictly criminal code standpoint, is a dry disagreement over supposedly doctored books.

the accusation alleges that 34 Trump Organization business records were falsified to conceal other crimes, including campaign financing and tax crimes.

“There’s nothing more boring than testimony about business ledger entries,” Kuby noted.

But prosecutors say Trump’s books were cooked for the least boring reason: hiding a $130,000 payment that kept 2016 voters in the dark about what Daniels says happened at that Tahoe hotel.

Daniels will have no choice but to talk a little dirty. Prosecutors will guide her toward the issue during direct examination of her as a matter of strategy.

“I would say PG-13,” Kuby predicted of the testimony.

“The money is called ‘hush money’ for a reason,” said former Manhattan financial crimes prosecutor Diana Florence.

“Jurors will want to hear what was being silenced. If they don’t, they will be in the deliberation room wondering why no one is saying what happened. It would be a distraction,” he added.

“The story needs to be told,” he said.

Stormy Daniels, in her documentary “Stormy.”

Telling a story is especially important in a case that alleges that secrecy money took a circuitous route from Trump to Daniels.

There were shell companies, a year’s worth of fake invoices, a confidentiality agreement and secret letters kept in safes, prosecutors say.

“You have to answer the jury’s question of why Trump, why the then-president of the United States, would go to such lengths to cover this up,” Florence said.

What would the testimony be like?

“I imagine the prosecution will guide her in the least lewd way possible,” Kuby said.

“It is in their interest not to turn this into a spectacle,” he added. “I think we’re going to have references to there being sex, which is less lewd than the descriptions.” of “sex happening.”

Florence prosecuted dozens of cases involving falsified business records before entering private practice. She hopes prosecutors will begin by explaining to Daniels the basics of her biography.

Daniels, whose given name is Stephanie Clifford, would be asked to describe growing up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and how she began a career in adult entertainment with exotic dance performances at local nightclubs.

“I now turn your attention to the year 2006,” the prosecutor might then say.

“It will be low-key and personalized, just to complete the narrative, which is what we call it,” Florence predicted.

“Were you in a relationship with him?” she said the prosecutor could ask.

“Then she’ll say, ‘No, it was just one night.’ And then we fast forward to 2015, or whatever,” Florence predicted.

Donald Trump at his secret money appearance with lawyers Todd Blanche and Susan Necheles.
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“Everything must be brought to light,” said the former prosecutor. “She has to explain why she had an agent, why she was trying to sell her story. You have to explain all of her background.”

Just no all of all the background.

Daniels’ testimony will not be as graphic as your 60 minute interviewwhen he told 22 million viewers that Trump didn’t use a condom.

And it won’t be as descriptive as in his book, Full Disclosure, where he mentions both the “pubo Yeti” and Toad, aka “the mushroom character in Mario Kart”

“None of that is going to happen,” Florence said, laughing, of Daniels’ hush-money testimony.

“No one wants to go there.”

And then Trump goes crazy?

Trump finds it difficult to remain silent while watching a woman testify unpleasantly against him.

This happened only once before and it didn’t go well.

In January, a Manhattan federal judge threatened to throw Trump out of the courtroom when he was heard at the defense table, complaining that his rape and defamation accuser, E. Jean Carroll, was telling stories on the witness stand.

“Mr. Trump has been saying things out loud, including that the witness is lying and pointing out that she has suddenly regained her memory,” Carroll’s attorney, Shawn Crowley, told Judge Lewis Kaplan.

“It’s loud enough for some of us here to hear it.”

Still from the Peacock documentary, “Stormy.”

This time, too, both the judge and his lawyers will warn Trump against any outbursts, particularly when Daniels is on the stand.

You could face a sentence of contempt of court, fines, and even a small jail sentence if you ignore the judge’s orders not to interrupt the trial.

“You have very experienced attorneys who I hope, at least behind closed doors, will tell you that any ‘action’ will hinder your interests here,” Florence said.

“He might think he knows better,” she added.

Trump will most likely demand that his lawyers aggressively question Daniels, at least for show.

“Daniels will be up to the task,” Kuby predicted.

“I think Stormy Daniels has shown that she can handle herself,” he said. “She can handle other people too,” she joked.

“The game begins, Tiny.”

Daniels does not boast of fearing Trump. When he called her “Horseface” and a “total scam” in tweets from 2018, she got over him.

“Ladies and gentlemen, may I introduce you to your president?” she tweeted in response.

“In addition to his…umm…flaws, he has AGAIN demonstrated his incompetence, his hatred of women, and his lack of self-control! And perhaps a penchant for bestiality,” he tweeted, in a reference to the ” Trump’s horse face. “abuse.

“Let the game begin, Tiny,” he taunted.

Donald Trump attends a hearing in his felony hush money case in Manhattan.
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“By all appearances, she will be an extraordinarily difficult witness to control at the intersection,” Kuby said.

The defense would do well to explain the times, back in 2018, when she stuck to her silence agreement and publicly denied having sexual relations with Trump, including in at least one signed statement.

“They should explain specifically to him each time: ‘Is this what you said here? Now you say it was a lie? Is this what you said there? Now you say it was a lie?’ One by one,” Kuby said.

“And then let it go. I’m sure Trump won’t let it go,” he said.

The defense could also ask Daniels about “all the derogatory things she’s said about Trump” since that first “Tiny” in 2018, including in your podcaston social media and in the past month Peacock Documentary, Stormy.

“But then you have a longer redirection exam,” Kuby said.

“The prosecution can ask, then, why she made those statements and then Trump’s entire campaign comes into play to discredit her,” he said.

“With someone like Mrs. Clifford, less is more. Even if Trump is someone who always wants more and more,” Kuby said.

“The thing is, he’s not the only actor who’s going to be in that courtroom. And between his act and hers, frankly I prefer hers, and so does the jury.”

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