Melania Trump denounces husband’s hush money trial as election interference

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18th April 2024 – (Washington) Melania Trump, the former First Lady of the United States, has harshly criticised the ongoing trial concerning alleged hush money payments made by her husband, Donald Trump, branding it a “disgrace” and tantamount to interference in the electoral process. This revelation comes from a report by Katie Rogers, a correspondent for The New York Times, who cited an anonymous source close to Mrs. Trump.

The case in question revolves around a $130,000 payment to Stormy Daniels, an adult film actress who claims to have had an affair with Mr. Trump a decade prior to his presidency. The legal focus is on whether Mr. Trump falsified business records to conceal these payments.

The story first came to light in January 2018 following an investigation by The Wall Street Journal. At the time, Mrs. Trump’s reaction was one of notable fury, a sentiment confirmed by Stephanie Grisham, her then press secretary. Grisham recalled significant moments of dissent from Mrs. Trump, including her decision to attend the State of the Union address separately from her husband, as a clear sign of her disapproval.

Despite maintaining a relatively low profile since the end of her husband’s presidential term, Mrs. Trump’s recent comments suggest a strong alignment with Mr. Trump’s views on the trial. Judge Juan Merchan has also hinted at the possibility of her testimony in the ongoing proceedings.

According to Grisham, now a commentator, Melania Trump’s stance has intensified, particularly as Donald Trump faces additional legal challenges related to the 2020 election results and the handling of classified documents. These developments underscore the complex dynamics within the Trump family and the broader political narrative surrounding them.