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Why Donald Trump asked a former aide to deny his affair with Stormy Daniels

Tyler Mitchell By Tyler Mitchell May13,2024
Key Points
  • Hope Hicks, Donald Trump’s former top aide, said she was told to deny his affair with porn star Stormy Daniels.
  • Hicks testified she told Trump days before the 2016 election that the Wall Street Journal would publish the story.
  • Her testimony gave jurors an inside look at the campaign’s damage-control efforts.
Hope Hicks, a former top aide to Donald Trump, has testified that he told her in the final days of the 2016 presidential election to deny that he had a sexual relationship
Hicks’ testimony gave jurors an inside look at the campaign’s damage-control efforts when Trump faced multiple accusations of unflattering sexual behaviour in the waning weeks of his successful White House campaign.

The former US president has pleaded not guilty to charges of falsifying business records to cover up a US$130,000 ($196,600) payment made at that time to Daniels, who was threatening to go public with her story of their 2006 sexual encounter.

Hicks testified that she told Trump four days before the 8 November 2016 election that the Wall Street Journal would publish details of Daniels’ story.
“He wanted to make sure that there was a denial of any kind of relationship,” said Hicks, who served as campaign press secretary.

She said Trump did not want his wife Melania to see the story, which also included allegations that he had an affair with former Playboy model Karen McDougal. Trump has denied having sex with either woman.

Melania Trump in a beige leather jacket.

Donald Trump reportedly did not want his wife Melania (pictured) to see the WSJ story about his affair with Stormy Daniels. Source: Getty

“He was concerned about how it would be viewed by his wife, and he wanted me to make sure the newspapers weren’t delivered to the residence that morning,” Hicks said.

Prosecutors in the first criminal trial of a former US president argue that the payment to Daniels corrupted the election by suppressing news that could have influenced voters as they decided whether to back the Republican Trump or Hillary Clinton, then his Democratic rival.
Prosecutors say Trump falsified records to cover up election-law and tax-law violations, which elevates the 34 counts he faces from a misdemeanour to a felony punishable by up to four years in prison.

Hicks’ testimony could help Trump’s lawyers make their case that he paid off Daniels to keep his wife, not voters, from hearing the adult film star’s allegations.

She said Trump told her that his personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, paid off Daniels to “protect him from a false allegation” out of the “kindness of his own heart”.
Hicks said she thought that would have been out of character for Cohen. “I didn’t know Michael to be an especially charitable person or selfless person,” she said.
Hicks appeared reluctant to be in the courtroom, taking a deep breath as she stepped up to the microphone and acknowledging she was “really nervous.”
She later started crying on the witness stand, forcing the court to take a brief break, when Trump lawyer Emil Bove started to ask her to reflect on her time at the Trump Organisation before he brought her onto his 2016 campaign.

Trump, the Republican candidate for president again this year, sat expressionless at the defendants’ table during the testimony by Hicks, the first person who worked for Trump’s campaign to appear as a witness in the 11-day-old trial.

Hicks said the campaign was rattled by the public release of an audio recording from the Access Hollywood TV show in which Trump bragged about grabbing women’s genitals. She said Trump was upset but also played down the comments.
“Mr Trump felt like this wasn’t good but it was also just like two guys talking, locker-room talk,” she testified.
The 12 jurors and six alternates have yet to hear from the main players in the case, including Daniels and Cohen.
Earlier in the day, the judge overseeing the trial told Trump that a gag order that bars him from commenting about witnesses and jurors would not prevent him from testifying, as Trump had told reporters on Thursday.
Trump said his legal team would try to overturn the gag order, which bars him from making public comments about jurors, witnesses and families of the judge and prosecutors if those statements are meant to interfere with the case.

Merchan fined Trump US$9,000 on Tuesday for violating the order.

Tyler Mitchell

By Tyler Mitchell

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2 thoughts on “Why Donald Trump asked a former aide to deny his affair with Stormy Daniels”
  1. It’s not surprising that Donald Trump asked Hope Hicks to deny his affair with Stormy Daniels. His history of denying allegations is well-documented. The lengths he went to during the 2016 election to cover up these scandals are telling of his character. It’s concerning that someone in such a high position would resort to such deceitful tactics.

  2. Hope Hicks’ testimony provides valuable insight into the efforts made by the Trump campaign to manage the fallout of the Stormy Daniels affair allegations. It’s concerning to see how much effort was put into denying these accusations in the midst of a presidential election.

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