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Hope Hicks Set to Testify in Trial Involving Former President Trump’s Alleged Stormy Daniels Cover-Up

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Former White House Communications Director Hope Hicks is expected to be a key witness in the upcoming trial tied to her former boss, Donald Trump, in the Stormy Daniels affair, according to reports.

Hicks, who previously denied involvement in discussions regarding the $130,000 payment to adult film actress Stormy Daniels, met with Manhattan prosecutors last year, hinting at a potential shift in her known version of events.

Previously, Hicks publicly claimed she was not part of the discussions related to the payment to Daniels and was unaware of the matter until questioned by journalists. However, a sworn statement from an FBI investigator in 2019 suggested she was involved in conversations post the Access Hollywood tape scandal in 2016.

The investigator’s statement revealed that Hicks participated in a phone call on October 8, 2016, with Michael Cohen and Donald Trump, discussing strategies following the Access Hollywood video release where Trump made inappropriate remarks about women.

Speculations are rife that some of these communications involved preventing Daniels from speaking out publicly, especially in the aftermath of the Access Hollywood scandal.

If Hicks testifies, her account could be crucial in challenging the credibility of Michael Cohen, who orchestrated the payment to Daniels and pleaded guilty to perjury in 2018.

The inclusion of Hicks as a potential witness in Trump’s first criminal trial coincided with Judge Juan Merchan‘s recent decision to expand the gag order against the former president.

The extended order bars Trump from attacking witnesses, jurors, prosecutors, and even family members of court personnel, including Merchan’s daughter who advised Democratic candidates.

Merchan’s ruling emphasized that Trump’s recent attacks could hinder fair justice administration and represent a direct assault on the rule of law.

In response to the judge’s decision, Trump criticized Merchan on Truth Social, claiming bias and restrictions on his ability to address alleged corruption within the courtroom.

As per the partial gag order, Trump is allowed to criticize Merchan and Manhattan Prosecutor Alvin Bragg but must refrain from undermining court proceedings.

Rachel Adams

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