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The Eye of the Stormy
Author: BobR    Date: 05/08/2024 12:11:28

The "tRump hush money" trial is barreling to its conclusion in NYC. It's a case about money, so naturally the testimony of the woman at the center of this was the big story yesterday:
The prosecution called adult film actress Stormy Daniels to the witness stand to recount her claim of having sex with former President Donald Trump in 2006 at a celebrity golf tournament in Lake Tahoe, Calif. She also testified about her efforts to try to sell her story of the affair and being paid $130,000 by Trump lawyer Michael Cohen to keep quiet about it.


Sordid details: Daniels recounted for the jury the details of her alleged sexual encounter with Trump... [editors note: I am not going to include any of that] ... Daniels also testified about her decision to try to sell her story of an affair with Trump after he announced his candidacy for president. In October 2016, following the release of the infamous Access Hollywood tape, Daniels testified that her publicist was approached by Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen about paying her in exchange for her silence. "They were interested in paying for the story," Daniels said of Cohen and Trump. "Which was the best thing that could've happened,” because she believed it would put an end to threats she had received from Trump’s supporters.

Just as revolting is that he told her "You remind me of my daughter".

The real story is that the devil is in the details, and the devil (for TFG) is the paper trail:
The testimony from current and former accountants at the Trump Organization may not have had the drama of Hope Hicks breaking down in tears while testifying about her former boss’ knowledge of hush payments. But while the discussion may have been dry and at times arcane, delving into the world of invoice processing and the accounts payable department, the documents they discussed may be the most damning pieces of evidence that prosecutors have introduced so far.


One is a statement from the account that Cohen set up to make the $130,000 payment to Stormy Daniels, which he submitted to the Trump Organization as proof of the expense he incurred. On that statement are handwritten notes from the company’s former chief financial officer, Allen Weisselberg, explaining that Cohen’s reimbursement was to be “grossed up to” $360,000 – covering the taxes Cohen would owe from reporting the payment as income – and an additional $60,000, bringing the total to: $420,000.

Al Capone went to jail for tax evasion. Sometimes the arc of justice ends with a whisper - not a boom.

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