'You made this all up': Trump's lawyer grills Stormy Daniels at hush money trial

Former US President Donald Trump has pleaded not guilty of covering up his payment to Stormy Daniels for her silence ahead of the 2016 US presidential election about an alleged sexual encounter.
'You made this all up': Trump's lawyer grills Stormy Daniels at hush money trial
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Donald Trump's lawyer sought to show inconsistencies in porn star Stormy Daniels' various tellings of a 2006 sexual encounter she has said she had with Trump, part of an effort on Thursday to undermine her credibility as a witness in the first criminal trial of a sitting or former US president.

Facing questioning on Thursday by defence lawyer Susan Necheles in a Manhattan courtroom, Daniels stuck to her account.

"You're trying to make me say that it changed, but it hasn't changed," Daniels told Necheles.

After testimony ended on Thursday, Trump lawyer Todd Blanche once again asked Justice Juan Merchan to declare a mistrial on the basis of Daniels' testimony.

In addition, Blanche requested that a gag order restricting Trump's public comments about jurros and witnesses be loosened to let the defendant publicly respond to questions about Daniels' testimony.

"There is a proceeding here that this (gag) order is designed to protect," Conroy said. "If somebody wants to respond to something that's said in this room, that can happen in this room."

DEFENCE SAYS DANIELS 'MADE ALL THIS UP'

"No," Daniels said emphatically, sitting with her hands folded and legs crossed.

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'You made this all up': Trump's lawyer grills Stormy Daniels at hush money trial

Former Trump White House aide Madeline Westerhout took the witness stand on Thursday afternoon and told jurors about checks he signed while in office. Westerhout is expected to return to the witness stand on Friday.

Source: India Today

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