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United States > Trump Trial: Hope Hicks Delivers Emotionally Gripping Testimony Before Trial Adjourns for Weekend

The former Trump spokeswoman testified about his 2016 campaign’s damage-control efforts after the infamous “Access Hollywood” tape, in which the candidate spoke of groping women, became public. Prosecutors say it made Mr. Trump’s aides more eager to quash damaging stories, like Stormy Daniels’s account of an affair.

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By David Newman

Gasps were heard in the overflow courtroom when Hope Hicks was called as a witness on Friday in Donald J. Trump’s criminal trial in Manhattan, an audible sign of the anticipation as Mr. Trump’s former press secretary and White House communications director took the stand. Her testimony ended the trial’s third week in dramatic fashion.

In nearly three hours on the stand, Ms. Hicks described the impact on Mr. Trump’s campaign of the so-called “Access Hollywood” tape, in which Mr. Trump bragged about grabbing women’s genitals. As soon as the tape was disclosed in October 2016, Ms. Hicks said, she knew it would be “a massive story.” Taking the stand under a subpoena, Ms. Hicks said she was nervous, and at one point, early in the cross-examination, she broke down in tears.

The Manhattan district attorney has charged Mr. Trump, 77, with falsifying 34 business records to hide a $130,000 payment to Stormy Daniels, a porn star who says she and Mr. Trump had a tryst in 2006 while he was married. Mr. Trump, the first American president to face criminal prosecution, has denied the charges and says he did not have sex with Ms. Daniels. If convicted, he could face probation or prison time.

Here are five takeaways from Mr. Trump’s 11th day, and third week, on trial:

Ms. Hicks, now a communications consultant, testified to her fast rise in the Trump family orbit, going from working for his daughter Ivanka to press secretary for Mr. Trump’s campaign. It was in that role that, in October 2016, she had to confront what she called the “intense” fallout from the revelation of the “Access Hollywood” tape. The judge in the case, Juan M. Merchan, has said the tape itself cannot be played, but jurors saw a transcript of it on Friday in an email sent to Ms. Hicks by a reporter from The Post.

“When you’re a star, they let you do it,” Mr. Trump said in the tape about groping women. “You can do anything.”

The need for damage control did not abate, however, as Ms. Hicks was confronted with the story of Karen McDougal and a mention of Ms. Daniels in an article by The Wall Street Journal just days before the 2016 election. The story reported that Ms. McDougal, a former Playboy model, had been paid $150,000 in August 2016 by the parent company of The National Enquirer, which then suppressed her story of an affair with Mr. Trump which he has denied.

Ms. Hicks recalled consulting with Michael D. Cohen, Mr. Trump’s former lawyer and fixer, who eventually paid Ms. Daniels to keep quiet. Mr. Cohen denied the stories, drafting a proposed response calling them “completely untrue,” and Ms. Hicks told The Journal the same thing. Indeed, even as the “Access Hollywood” tape was coming out, Ms. Hicks said one strategy — which she documented in an email to other senior Trump aides — was simple: “Deny, deny, deny.”

On Friday, prosecutors introduced online postings and a video statement by Mr. Trump in which he acknowledged saying “foolish things” on the “Access Hollywood” tape, but also attacking Ms. Clinton. The jury also saw posts made in the weeks before the election in which Mr. Trump blasted women who had accused him of misconduct, calling their accounts phony.

“Nobody has more respect for women than me,” he wrote.

Prosecutors on Tuesday played video clips of Mr. Trump’s denials of sexual assault while on the campaign trail, as well as part of a deposition Mr. Trump gave in a lawsuit in which he was found liable for sexual abuse.

And on Wednesday, Mr. Trump blasted the criminal case while campaigning, calling Justice Merchan “crooked” and “conflicted.” Back in court on Thursday, jurors heard a conversation Mr. Cohen had recorded with Mr. Trump about how to reimburse the publisher of The Enquirer for the purchase of Ms. McDougal’s story.

After hearing prosecutors’ arguments last week over violations of a gag order barring attacks on trial participants, Justice Merchan on Tuesday fined Mr. Trump $9,000 and threatened him with jail if they continue.

On Thursday, prosecutors presented four more incidents and called Mr. Trump’s statements “corrosive.” Mr. Trump’s legal team argued that he was merely responding to political attacks. Justice Merchan has not yet ruled, but a decision could come soon, perhaps next week. The trial continues on Monday.

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