A porn performer claimed to have had a one-night stand with Donald Trump just before the 2016 presidential election. Stormy Daniels’ accusations of a one-night encounter in 2006, while Trump’s third wife Melania was pregnant with their son Barron, who is now 16 years old, were promptly refuted by the future president. Trump and Daniels met one year after he married Melania at a charity golf event in Lake Tahoe, where they were photographed together.
Trump has rejected all allegations of impropriety and denied having an affair with Daniels. The suit was settled out of court, and Daniels was apparently compensated. Trump has repeatedly denied having an affair with Daniels and justified the payment as a personal problem, not a political expenditure.
Now that the former president has launched his run for president in 2024, Democrats who would do anything to prevent Trump from making America great again are once again raising the issue.
The Daily Mail has revealed that Manhattan’s alert district attorney is resuming an investigation into Donald Trump’s payment to Stormy Daniels. Alvin Bragg is reportedly investigating if the $130,000 unlawful payment made to Stormy Daniels just before the 2016 presidential election might be linked to Donald Trump. Former District Attorney Cyrus Vance investigated if Trump violated any state laws by making the payment and whether The Trump Organization fabricated any documents in the process.
This investigation appears to have concluded earlier in the year. In New York, falsifying business documents is considered a misdemeanor. To declare it a criminal, prosecutors would need to demonstrate that Trump faked the hush-money documents to aid in the commission or concealment of a second crime.
As part of a federal investigation, the payment was made by the president’s former attorney, Michael Cohen, who served three years in jail after pleading guilty in 2018 to campaign finance crimes linked to the payments. Cohen has always said he was carrying out Trump’s directives. Trump eventually reimbursed Cohen for the cash, and Bragg is now expected to argue that this demonstrates a conspiracy between the two men.
The New York Times states that Bragg’s method is untested. It is reported that he is pressuring the former chief financial officer of the Trump Organization, Allen Weisselberg, to assist him develop his case. Weisselberg has previously reached a plea agreement for tax charges linked to gifts and donations he received while working for Trump, but he has declined to become an informant against the ex-president.
The Times reports that prosecutors are examining whether The Trump Organization’s top financial officer, Allen Weisselberg, may be coerced into assisting with the fresh investigation.
Bragg reportedly hopes that by threatening him with new insurance fraud accusations, he can change this. He has been accused of providing insurers with an incorrect valuation of Trump Organization assets. Weisselberg is already facing time in the infamous Rikers Island prison due to the tax accusations; with the possibility of a lengthy sentence, Bragg possesses a potentially valuable negotiation chip.
Weisselberg has previously pled guilty to tax fraud charges in a criminal case involving The Trump Organization that is presently being considered in Manhattan Supreme Court. Weisselberg has agreed to testify as a prosecution witness in return for a five-month jail term.
The Times adds that the District Attorney’s Office is evaluating whether to file new charges against Weisselberg in an effort to get his cooperation once again.
The accusations would be unconnected to the payments made to Daniels, and many view the effort as a hit on Trump.
Michael van der Veen, an attorney for The Trump Organization, criticized the current investigation, according to the Daily Mail.
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He said: ‘I really don’t believe that they’re going back and conducting these investigations, and if there’s any truth to it, it would show poor judgment. The millions of taxpayer dollars they’ve spent on countless investigations, it’s a big waste of time and money.’ CONTINUE READING…