Stormy Daniels has said that she doesn’t believe Donald Trump deserves to spend time in jail over the $130,000 hush money paid to her in the days before the 2016 presidential election.
The adult film star spoke out about the former president’s arrest and arraignment on a staggering 34 felony counts in Manhattan in a new interview with Piers Morgan.
In a clip of the interview, due to air in full on TalkTV later on Thursday, she said that she thinks Mr Trump should potentially face prison time over the other investigations encircling him – just not for the case involving her.
“Specific to my case I don’t think that his crimes against me are worthy of incarceration,” she said.
“I feel like the other things that he has done if he is found guilty, absolutely, because our bigger problem is that if these allegations against him – or whatever else that we don’t know – if he is found guilty or the evidence suggests that he is and he doesn’t [go to jail] that is going to basically, it opens the door to other people to think they can get away with doing that and worse.”
Ms Daniels also said that she will “absolutely” testify against the former president if she is asked to do so – saying that it is something she wants to do.
“It’s daunting, but I look forward to it because I have nothing to hide,” she said.
“I am the only one that has been telling the truth.”
Ms Daniels added that “they can’t shame me even more” by her taking the stand as she suggested that, if prosecutors don’t ask her to testify, she will be offended as to why.
“I feel like if they don’t it paints a picture that they know something about me that makes me untrustworthy or not reliable,” she said.
“Having them call me in and putting me on the stand legitimises my story and who I am – and if they don’t it almost looks like they’re hiding me and people will automatically assume – I would – ‘oh she must not be a good witness.”
Trump has pleaded not guilty to falsifying business records related to alleged hush-money payments to Daniels ahead of the 2016 presidential campaign. He was arraigned Tuesday in New York City, after being indicted on 34 counts of falsifying business records in the first degree.
Trump has dismissed any notion of wrongdoing.
“I never thought anything like this could happen in America. I never thought it could happen,” Trump said Tuesday night. “The only crime that I have committed is fearlessly defending our nation from those who seek to destroy it.”