Stormy Daniels testifies that she hates the ex-president and wants him in prison

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Former US President Donald Trump walks to speak to the press during his trial for allegedly covering up hush money payments at the Manhattan Criminal Court, New York, US, May 7, 2024.

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Porn star Stormy Daniels testified Tuesday that she hates former President Donald Trump and wants him thrown in jail if convicted in his criminal hush-money trial.

Daniels’ blunt comment came as Trump attorney Susan Necheles began cross-examining the key witness, whose story about sex with Trump years earlier is at the center of the landmark criminal case.

“Am I right that you hate President Trump?” Necheles asked at the Manhattan Supreme Court.

“Yes,” Daniels replied.

Necheles continued, “You want him to go to jail, right?”

“If he is found guilty, absolutely,” Daniels testified.

Daniels will return to the witness stand Thursday morning.

Earlier, Judge Juan Merchan denied a request from Trump’s lawyers for a mistrial after prosecutors completed their direct questioning of Daniels.

They argued that Daniels’ detailed testimony about that alleged one-night stand with Trump in 2006 was “prejudicial.”

“The only reason the government asked these questions, other than sheer embarrassment, is to inflame this jury,” attorney Todd Blanche told Merchan as he argued for the trial to be thrown out.

“We don’t think there’s any way to ring the bell,” Blanche said.

But Merchan said, “I don’t believe we’re at the point where a mistrial is warranted.”

However, the judge granted a bid by Trump’s lawyers to expunge some testimony from the file.

Judge Juan Merchan presides over proceedings as Stormy Daniels, far right, answers questions about direct investigation by Assistant District Attorney Susan Hoffinger in Manhattan Criminal Court, as former President Donald Trump and attorney Todd Blanche look on, Tuesday, May 7, 2024, in New York.

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Prosecutors accuse Trump of falsifying business records related to a $130,000 hush money payment to Daniels shortly before the 2016 election. The payment was made by Trump’s then-lawyer Michael Cohen to silence Daniels before Election Day about the alleged sexual encounter, prosecutors say.

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But the judge had warned prosecutors earlier Tuesday not to release specific details about Daniels’ story about having sex with Trump. As Daniels delved into the details of that evening, Merchan sometimes encountered angry objections from the defense.

Daniels described meeting Trump in 2006 at a celebrity golf tournament in Lake Tahoe and then having dinner with him in his hotel room.

Daniels testified that she felt no red flags about being alone in the room with Trump. He asked her about the adult film industry and suggested the prospect of a role for Daniels on his wildly popular reality show “The Apprentice,” she said.

After using the bathroom, Daniels said she saw Trump in his boxer shorts and a T-shirt on the bed. At that moment, she felt “the room spinning in slow motion.”

Then Trump told her, “I thought you were serious about what you wanted.” Daniels took this as a sign that sex with Trump could benefit her career.

Daniels said she had sex with Trump on a bed. Daniels testified that she did not feel threatened at all, noting, “There was definitely a balance of power.”

Donald Trump and Stormy Daniels in 2006.

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Before the jury entered the courtroom Tuesday morning, Trump attorney Susan Necheles argued that Daniels should not be asked to testify “about details of sexual acts.”

There is “no reason” that details about the alleged sex “should end up in a books and records case,” Necheles told Merchan.

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A prosecutor countered that it is very important to delve into the story of the alleged affair, including the conversation that led to the sex between Daniels and Trump.

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That won’t include “descriptions of genitalia or anything like that,” the prosecutor said, “but it is important for us to find out that she had sex with him, and how she felt about it.”

Merchan said that was fine, but there was no need to reveal details of the meeting in court.

The first witness called to the stand Tuesday was Sally Franklin, a senior vice president at Random House Publishing Group. Franklin read a number of passages from Trump’s books, including “Trump: How to Get Rich” and “Trump: Think Like a Billionaire.”

Trump deletes messages about judge and witnesses

Before arriving at the court, Trump posted — and then quickly deleted — a statement about the witness schedule and the judge in his trial.

Trump sent that Truth Social post less than a day after Merchan threatened the former president with prison for repeatedly violating the gag order banning him from speaking about likely witnesses in the trial.

Trump fumes that prosecutors only tell lawyers which witnesses they plan to call the day before the witness is scheduled to testify.

“I was recently told who the witness is today. This is unprecedented, no time for lawyers to prepare,” Trump wrote in the post.

Prosecutor Joshua Steinglass told Merchan on Monday that the Manhattan district attorney’s office is hiding its witness schedule to prevent Trump from targeting people just before they take their stand.

But Steinglass noted that while prosecutors are keeping the order of witnesses close to the vest, Trump’s lawyers have had the witness list for months.

Steinglass blamed Trump for forcing the measure, pointing out that he “violated the order that limits out-of-court rulings, and we didn’t want to have the names of the witnesses, the names of the next witnesses that are out there.”

Earlier Monday, Merchan again held Trump in contempt of court for his tenth violation of the silence order. He fined Trump up to $1,000 for the latest violation, bringing the total to $10,000 in fines for the 10 separate violations.

But the judge noted that those fines were hardly a deterrent for Trump, a multi-billionaire.

“The last thing I want to do is put you in jail,” Merchan told Trump. But “if it’s necessary, I will,” he said.

Trump’s now-deleted post from Tuesday morning also attacked Merchan at length, accusing him of political bias.

“No judge has ever conducted a trial in such a biased and partisan manner,” Trump claimed.

“He is crooked and highly contradictory, even taking away my First Amendment rights. Now he is threatening me with jail, and they have no case – this according to virtually all legal scholars and experts!” Trump wrote.

Trump’s lawyers have repeatedly failed to get Merchan to agree to what they say is a conflict of interest arising from his daughter’s work for a Democratic political firm.

The gag order prohibits Trump from speaking about potential witnesses in the case, and from making certain statements about other related figures, including attorneys, court staff and their respective family members. Merchan expanded the gag order after Trump targeted the judge’s and prosecutor’s family members

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