April 2, 2024

Former Trump Aide to Testify in New York Hush Money Case

A former Trump insider has decided to testify against her former boss.

Hope Hicks, who serves as the White House Communications Director, is expected to take the stand for the prosecution on the case brought by Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg.

Hicks met with prosecutors for several hours last year.

She’s Testifying

The charges in this case go back to the 2016 election when Trump had paid Stormy Daniels to not discuss their alleged affair.

According to the charges, the payments to Daniels were wrongly reported, which resulted in Trump being charged with nearly three dozen felony counts.

Rather than group the ledger entries together, Bragg charged each entry, stacking the charges to create this massive case against Trump.

Many of the experts I have read on this believe that Bragg was a bit overzealous in his actions, but his hand was more or less forced having let so much time pass between the actual occurrence of the alleged crime and when the charges were filed.

Hicks, at the time, was serving as Trump’s campaign press secretary, and she allegedly was privy to conversations about the matter that took place.

In an affidavit, the FBI agent who investigated the case wrote, “I have learned that in the days following the Access Hollywood video, Cohen exchanged a series of calls, text messages and emails with Keith Davidson, who was then Clifford's attorney, David Pecker and Dylan Howard of American Media Inc., the publisher of the National Enquirer, Trump, and Hope Hicks, who was then press secretary for Trump’s presidential campaign.

"Based on the timing of these calls, and the content of the text messages and emails, I believe that at least some of these communications concerned the need to prevent Clifford from going public, particularly in the wake of the Access Hollywood story.”

The “Access Hollywood” show was when Trump made crude remarks about the things he could do to women, and they would not object.

Hicks' lawyer, Robert Trout, has previously claimed that Hicks knew nothing about the conversations.

He stated, “Reports claiming that Ms. Hicks was involved in conversations about ‘hush-money’ payments on Oct. 8, 2016, or knew that payments were being discussed, are simply wrong.

“Ms. Hicks stands by her truthful testimony that she first became aware of this issue in early November 2016, as the result of press inquiries.”

In addition to Hicks, Stormy Daniels and Michael Cohen are also expected to testify.

Trump tried to have Cohen banned from testifying because he has lied under oath previously, but his efforts fell short.

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