Stormy Daniels Sticks To Her Guns In Trump Trial.

Photo: Pixabay. Stormy Daniels alleges she met Donald Trump at a celebrity golf tournament at Lake Tahoe. Daniels is not known to play golf, so the reason for her attendance at the torunament is unclear.
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A defense lawyer for former U.S. President Donald Trump did her best to make Stormy Daniels look like  a fantasist who would do anything for money in a cross-examination of her at his criminal trial on Thursday in New York.

But she held fast to her claim that he invited her to a dinner at which there was no food, and where she almost fainted when she  discovered that she was to be the main course.

Suggesting that the encounter at a celebrity golf tournament at Lake Tahoe in the state of Nevada never occurred, defense lawyer Susan Necheles told Daniels, “You have a lot of experience in making phony stories about sex appear to be real” in the more than 200 pornographic films she has acted in or produced.

But Daniels replied, “That’s not how I would put it. The sex in the films is very much real, just like what happened to me in that room.”

Necheles demanded, “You made all this up, right?” Daniels responded forcefully, “No.”

“You’re trying to make me say it’s changed, but it hasn’t changed,” the 45-year-old Daniels said of her story.

Continuing, she insulted the 77-year-old Trump, who was sitting close by at the defense table.

If her unwanted encounter with Trump weren’t true, Daniels testified, “I would have written it to be a lot better,” drawing laughter in the courtroom.

After Daniels finished hours of testimony, Todd Blanche, another Trump defense attorney, for a second time this week requested a mistrial in the case on grounds that much of Daniels’ testimony was prejudicial against Trump and unrelated to charges he faces, such as that she said she swatted him on his butt with a magazine.

New York Supreme Court Justice Juan Merchan again rejected the bid for a mistrial.

He ruled that since the defense said in its opening statement that no Trump-Daniels sexual encounter had occurred, it opened the door for the prosecution to try to prove otherwise.

Merchan also denied Trump’s request to modify a gag order that prohibits the former president from assailing witnesses or jurors in the case so that he could attack Daniels’ claims because her testimony was finished. Merchan has already found that Trump has violated the gag order 10 times and fined him $10,000.

Trump, the first former president to face criminal charges, has denied Daniels’ account of a one-night tryst a decade before he became president. He has also denied all 34 charges against him. If convicted, he could be placed on probation or imprisoned for up to four years.

Daniels said she had no direct knowledge of the charges Trump is facing, that he falsified business records at his Trump Organization real estate conglomerate to hide reimbursement of a $130,000 hush money payment to her to silence her claim of sex with Trump just as voters were heading to the polls in 2016.

Blanche said in court that prosecutors have decided to not call another woman as a witness, Karen McDougal, a Playboy magazine model, who claims she had a 10-month affair with Trump in 2006 and 2007 — another liaison that Trump denies.

National Enquirer tabloid newspaper publisher David Pecker testified earlier in the trial that he paid McDougal $150,000 for her story with the express purpose of killing the information to help Trump politically in 2016.

Prosecutors say that Trump, after he became president, sent monthly checks in 2017 to Michael Cohen, his erstwhile lawyer and political fixer, to reimburse him for the hush money payment he sent to Daniels out of his personal home equity line of credit.

These payments were also supposed to compensate Cohen for the income tax he would have to pay on the money that he received from Trump and then forwarded on to Stormy Daniels.

Trump claims he made the reimbursement payments to Cohen for his legal work. The defense lawyers have suggested that the hush money payments were meant to hide Daniels’ sex claim from his wife, Melania, and not to influence the outcome of the election eight years ago.

In her cross-examination of Daniels, defense lawyer Necheles homed in on the porn star’s claims in her earlier testimony Tuesday that while she did not say no to sex with Trump, she nonetheless in the moment was overwhelmed by the reality of it, and that she became lightheaded and nearly fainted after emerging from a bathroom in his suite and found him dressed in his underwear.

“When you are not expecting a man twice your age in his underwear, absolutely,” she told the 12-member jury. At the time, Trump was 60 and she 27.

“He did not put his hands on me, he did not give me any sort of drugs or alcohol, and he did not hold me, threaten me,” she said. “My own insecurities in that moment kept me from saying no.”

Daniels often responded sarcastically to Necheles’ questions implying that she made up aspects of the encounter. The defense lawyer noted that Daniels had often in the intervening years said Trump invited her for dinner.

“It was dinner,” she said, “but we never got food.” She added, “I’m very food motivated.”

Necheles suggested that Daniels is an opportunist who has fabricated aspects of her story for profit, having collected more than $1 million from book sales and participation in a recently released documentary called “Stormy.”

Source: VOA.



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