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Stormy Daniels, the adult film actress and model who was paid $130,000 by Donald Trump in 2016 to keep quiet about an alleged affair, has said that the US president’s “epic” indictment shows that he is “no longer untouchable”.
The indictment, which was unsealed by the US Justice Department on Wednesday, accuses the president of using his businesses to allegedly pay hush money to two women, including Daniels, to stop them from talking about their alleged affairs with him.
Daniels, who is known in the adult entertainment industry as Stephanie Clifford, said the indictment “proves what I have been saying all along: that Donald Trump is not above the law, and that he is no longer untouchable.”
“This is an important moment for our country and democracy,” she said in a statement. “It is a clear sign that no one is above the law, and that justice will be served.”
The indictment alleges that Trump violated campaign finance laws by ordering Michael Cohen, his former lawyer, to make payments to Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal “in order to influence the 2016 presidential election”.
The indictment also reveals that Trump personally directed Cohen to make the payments, and that the payments were made “in coordination with and at the direction of” the then-candidate.
The president and his lawyers have denied any wrongdoing, but the indictment is seen as a major blow to the Trump administration.
“This indictment shows that no one is above the law, and that everyone who has committed a crime must face the consequences,” Daniels said. “I hope that this will be a lesson to all those in power that no one is above the law.”