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Thursday, April 04, 2024

Hope Hicks, the former White House communications director who was once one of former President Donald Trump's closest advisers, is expected to testify against him in his upcoming New York criminal trial, several outlets have reported.

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Hicks will reportedly speak about the hush money payments made to porn actor Stormy Daniels in the final weeks of the 2016 presidential election, when the Trump campaign was scrambling to mitigate the damage of an "Access Hollywood" tape in which Trump was heard making sexualized and belittling comments about women.

Hicks was Trump's campaign press secretary at the time. She went on to join his administration, leaving in 2018 only to return in 2020.

In March last year, she met for several hours with Manhattan prosecutors investigating Trump.

Federal search warrants released in 2019 had shown how Hicks was part of conversations between Trump and Michael Cohen, Trump's former lawyer and fixer, in the wake of the tape's release.

The New York trial, set to begin on April 15, centers on accusations that Trump falsified business records to quash further scandals and help his campaign.

Two women, Daniels and model Karen McDougal, said they had affairs with Trump in the mid-2000s. Both received hush money payments in exchange for keeping quiet."

#1 | Posted by Corky at 2024-04-02 07:48 PM | Reply

Prosecution continues to work its way into the belly of the beast. Does it have time to turn Ivanka or Eric?

#2 | Posted by Dbt2 at 2024-04-02 08:33 PM | Reply

@#1 ... Hicks was Trump's campaign press secretary at the time. ...

This is an interesting development.

I have viewed this particular case as probably the weakest of all the cases brought against fmr Pres Trump. Mainly because an important witness looks to be Mr Michael Cohen. The defense's cross-examination is going to be deep and significant, given Mr Cohen's history.

But, now with Ms Hicks likely backing up what Mr Cohen may say, that may put a different light on the trial.

#3 | Posted by LampLighter at 2024-04-03 12:30 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

An update...

Trump loses bid to delay hush money trial until US Supreme Court review
www.reuters.com

... A New York judge on Wednesday denied Donald Trump's bid to delay his April 15 trial on charges stemming from hush money paid to a porn star until the U.S. Supreme Court reviews claim to presidential immunity in a separate criminal case. ...


#4 | Posted by LampLighter at 2024-04-03 05:43 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#3 | Posted by LampLighter

One thing I will point out is Cohen is probably smarter than all of Trump's current legal team combined.

#5 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2024-04-04 09:29 AM | Reply

Hope Hicks probably knows more about Trump's hang time than Daniels and McDougal together.

#6 | Posted by Twinpac at 2024-04-04 09:45 AM | Reply

@#5 ... One thing I will point out is Cohen is probably smarter than all of Trump's current legal team combined. ...

That is likely true.

But there is still his history that the defense is sure to drag out and try to exploit.

Ms Hicks' testimony may dull the defense's attempt, though.

Time will tell.

#7 | Posted by LampLighter at 2024-04-04 11:15 AM | Reply

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