In the US, a grand jury is discussing a possible charge against former US President Donald Trump. Erotic actress Stormy Daniels brings herself into the game as a witness.
New York – In the course of preparations for a possible indictment against former US President Donald Trump, erotic actress Stormy Daniels has spoken out. She would “do nothing better” than testify in front of the grand jury against Trump, Daniels said, according to a CNBC report. But the prosecutor has not yet contacted them, Daniels said on CNN.
Manhattan’s District Attorney Cyrus Vance has been investigating Trump and his business empire, the Trump Organization, since 2019. Initially, it was about hush money payments of $ 130,000 each to Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal. Both women had stated that they had affairs or a one-night stand with the former President of the United States years ago.
Meanwhile, Trump is also suspected of banking, insurance and tax fraud. He is said to have stated the value of his real estate too high or too low – depending on his interests. This is said to have saved money on insurance and loans. The allegation is based on a testimony from Trump’s private attorney Michael Cohen at a congressional hearing.
Investigations in the USA: Stormy Daniels is ready to testify against Donald Trump
According to CNBC, Daniels announced that he would tell everything she knew. And that she has evidence that the money she received came from an account set up by Donald Trump or on his instructions. She received the money from Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen shortly before the 2016 presidential election as hush money, Daniels said. Her attorney, Clark Brewster, had already contacted the prosecutor and said she was ready to testify.
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Trump denies having had sex with Stormy Daniels or Karen McDougal and described the current investigation against him as “politically motivated” and a “witch hunt”.
USA: Grand jury deliberates on indictments against Donald Trump
According to a Washington Post report, the convening of a grand jury is an indication that Prosecutor Vance has found evidence of criminal activity – against Trump himself, against the Trump Organization or employees of the holding company, which consists of hundreds of sole proprietorships from hotels to golf courses, judge, it is said. Should Trump be charged, he would be the first former president in US history to face a criminal trial.
The grand jury meets in secret and is scheduled to meet three times a week for six months, according to the Washington Post. The public prosecutor’s office will present their evidence to lay judges. Grand juries in the United States often make decisions about bringing charges in particularly important cases.
New York’s attorney general, Letitia James, is also investigating the Trump Organization. She recently announced that it would now also take legal action against Donald Trump. Letitia James and Cyrus Vance worked together on this. Both lawyers belong to the Democratic Party of US President Joe Biden. (uf with dpa)