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Stormy Daniels raring to testify amid revelations House Democrats are probing Trump hush payments: ’Bring it!’

2019-09-04

Stormy Daniels attends the 2019 Adult Video News Awards at The Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, earlier this year. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Talk about a Stormy start to the fall congressional session.

Porn star Stormy Daniels said Tuesday she’s gung ho about testifying before Congress amid revelations that House Democrats are gearing up to investigate President Trump’s role in salacious hush payments issued to her and another woman before the 2016 election.

“I have no fear of being under oath because I have been and will be honest. Bring it!” tweeted Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford.

Daniels’ upbeat missive came on the heels of sources confirming the House Judiciary Committee plans to pick up where federal prosecutors left off and dig into the $130,000 hush payment that was issued to her on Trump’s behalf in exchange for her promising to keep her lips sealed about allegedly having sex with the president in 2006.

Hearings on the matter could take place as early as next month, a person familiar with the matter told the Daily News.

The Democratically-controlled committee, which will resume its work when Congress kicks back into session next week, will investigate the $150,000 hush payoff issued to former Playboy playmate Karen McDougal as well, according to the source. Like Daniels, McDougal says she took the cash before the 2016 election in exchange for keeping mum about an alleged affair with Trump.

A spokesman for the judiciary committee declined to comment on whether it will take Daniels up on her offer to testify.

McDougal did not respond to emailed questions on whether she would be willing to testify.

The judiciary committee will look into the Daniels and McDougal payoffs as part of its more sweeping inquiry into alleged crimes committed by Trump and whether they warrant articles of impeachment, according to sources.

Former Trump fixer Michael Cohen was sentenced to three years in prison in part for pleading guilty to campaign finance crimes stemming from the Daniels and McDougal payoffs.

Federal prosecutors in New York closed their investigation into the matter in July without charging anyone else with campaign finance crimes, even though court papers implicated Trump and others, including American Media, Inc., CEO David Pecker, in the illegal payoff scheme.

The decision to not charge anyone else raised speculation from legal experts that Trump may have been shielded by longstanding Justice Department policies that say sitting presidents can’t be criminally indicted.

The House judiciary panel, which is led by Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.), indicated it was interested in probing the pre-2016 election hush payoffs in March, when it demanded any records related to the payments from Pecker and fellow AMI executive Dylan Howard.