Stormy Daniels, a porn star who claims she had an affair with Donald Trump in 2006, spoke with prosecutors from the Manhattan District Attorney’s office on Wednesday as part of their investigation into the former president’s involvement in a hush money payment made to her before the 2016 election.
Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, answered questions and agreed to make herself available as a witness or for further inquiry if needed, according to her lawyer Clark Brewster. She thanked him on Twitter for helping her in her “continuing fight for truth and justice.”
The Manhattan DA’s office, led by Alvin Bragg, is examining whether Trump or his company falsified business records or committed other crimes by reimbursing his former personal lawyer Michael Cohen for paying $130,000 to Daniels in exchange for her silence about the alleged affair. Cohen pleaded guilty in 2018 to campaign finance violations and other charges related to the payment and has said Trump directed him to do so.
Trump has denied having an affair with Daniels and has called Bragg’s probe a politically motivated witch hunt. He has also declined an invitation from Bragg to testify before a grand jury that is hearing evidence in the case. His lawyers have argued that he did not know about the payment at the time and that it was not a campaign contribution but an extortion payment.
Daniels’ cooperation with prosecutors comes as Trump is seeking to run for president again in 2024. He faces several legal challenges, including a criminal fraud investigation by New York Attorney General Letitia James and civil lawsuits by two women who accuse him of sexual assault.
Daniels has also sued Trump and Cohen for defamation and breach of contract over the hush money agreement. She has said she wants to tell her story publicly and expose Trump’s lies.