New York prosecutors looking to indict Donald Trump over the ‘hush money’ paid to Stormy Daniels are also allegedly investigating the $150,000 payment made to the former Playboy model.
Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s team questioned grand jury witnesses about money given to Karen McDougal, who was Playboy of the Year in 1998.
McDougal claims she had a ten-month affair with Trump that began in 2006. Trump’s office released a statement Thursday calling the venture a “hoax.”
A grand jury is currently deciding whether Trump should be indicted after he handed over $130,000 to Daniels, a porn star, to cover up her alleged fling. The money was paid in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election.
Evidence about the payments to McDougall could either be used to bring new charges or establish a “pattern of conduct” for the Daniels case, sources say. Wall Street Journalthat revealed evolution.
McDougal said she met Trump in 2006 at the Playboy mansion when he was filming an episode of Celebrity Apprentice. She said she broke off the relationship because she felt guilty. Trump has always denied this relationship
Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s team questioned grand jury witnesses about money paid to Karen McDougal (pictured), who was Playboy magazine’s “Playmate of the Year” in 1998. She said she had an affair with Trump in 2006
A New York grand jury is considering whether to indict Trump over the quiet money he paid porn star Stormy Daniels over an alleged affair.
A Trump spokesperson said: ‘It’s so sad to see radical Democrats and their media partners trying to revive a dead witch hunt.
Just as with any other hoax that has targeted President Trump, there is no crime, other than interfering with the election by weaponizing our judicial system against President Trump and his supporters.
Bragg’s office and McDougall’s attorney did not comment on the latest developments Thursday afternoon.
American Media, owner of the National Enquirer, paid $150,000 to McDougal in 2016 for exclusive rights to the story about her alleged affair with Trump, which he denies. But the purchase was a “hunt and kill” tactic to prevent the story from being made public.
The FEC later ruled that the company and its former president, David Pecker, made the deal with Trump officials in order to suppress the story and “prevent it from influencing the election.”
The FEC ruling detailed how Baker and AMI met with former Trump aide Michael Cohen to help make negative stories about Trump and his connections go away.
It concluded that AMI “coordinated” with the Trump campaign in paying McDougall $150,000.
Baker gave evidence to Trump’s grand jury on Monday.
The disclosure of McDougal’s payments as part of the grand jury process comes as the Trump team grows more confident that Bragg will drop his case.
Trump’s hopes of getting off the hook were boosted after a grand jury began a month-long break in hearing evidence earlier this week. The former president and his team believe this is the “first step” in the process.
Bragg brought in a grand jury earlier this month hoping to indict Trump on campaign finance violations.
A jury is charged with considering whether Trump broke the law when his attorney Michael Cohen offered $130,000 to hush up allegations that she had slept with Trump.
A grand jury is considering whether Trump broke the law when his attorney Michael Cohen awarded porn star Stormy Daniels $130,000 to cover up allegations she slept with Trump in 2016.
Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg has been widely criticized for his handling of the case. Many say he has no legs and is driven by his political hatred of Trump
Former National Enquirer publisher David Pecker (far right) is seen trying to hide from the press as he leaves the Lefkowitz State Office building Monday after testifying
But on Wednesday it was announced that the jury would not hear any evidence in the case for a month.
On the few days of the week that they meet this week and the next, they will hear clues about various issues. After that, they will enjoy a two-week “scheduled downtime”.
The downtime is believed to have been set to cover the New York City public school holiday, Easter Sunday and Easter Sunday, but no one from the DA’s office has confirmed it.
Sources close to Trump told DailyMail.com Wednesday afternoon that they believe the booth is the first step on the way back from the Prague office.
One of them said, “The case is not going anywhere and Bragg knows that.”
In a video for Truth Social, Trump said it was an attempt by Democrats to meddle in the election.
Election interference through prosecutors is the new ballot stuffing for the Democratic Party. It’s bad and dangerous, it’s third world and that’s how they’re going to do it. “They are a disgrace to our nation,” he said.
Bragg has made no secret of his disdain for Trump and his family, previously boasting of suing him more than 100 times in previous roles.