The timeline of the " rel="tag">Donald and Stormy Daniels scandal: 18 years from a ... trends now

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The timeline of the Donald Trump and Stormy Daniels scandal: 18 years from a ... trends now

The timeline of the Donald Trump and Stormy Daniels scandal: 18 years from a ... trends now

What started as a chance encounter at a charity golf tournament 18 years ago has turned into one of the biggest legal dramas in history.

On Monday, Donald Trump will become the first former president to face a criminal trial over a $130,000 hush-money payment he made to porn star Stormy Daniels over their alleged affair. 

The trial - set to last between six and eight weeks - will be full of bombshell testimony and drama that are the results of years of scandal.

Witnesses will testify about lurid allegations of hotel suite encounters, blockbuster TV interviews and backroom deals involving the presumptive Republican nominee for president.

The case revolves around the payment made to Daniels by Trump's then-fixer Michel Cohen ahead of the 2016 presidential election to keep her quiet about an alleged sexual encounter with Trump in 2006.

She claims it occurred less than four months after Melania Trump gave birth to the couple's son , Barron. 

Since then there have been legal twists and turns at every corner, while Trump has spent four years in the White House and is now in the middle of bid for another term.

Stormy Daniels with Donald Trump in 2006. She alleges they had an affair after meeting at a golf tournament

Stormy Daniels with Donald Trump in 2006. She alleges they had an affair after meeting at a golf tournament 

Trump faces 34 felony counts of falsifying business documents to cover up the hush money payment. Each count carries a maximum sentence of four years in prison.

He has denied all the counts and has vowed to testify to defend himself against what he claims is a witch hunt by prosecutors out to get him.

Prosecutors will try and argue that his crimes, that would ordinarily be misdemeanors, rise to felonies because he used the payments to help win the 2016 election.

During the trial he will be kept away from the campaign trail as he prepares for his likely November rematch with President Joe Biden.

The political powerhouse who made his name in Manhattan as a real estate mogul has tried to push the case as close to and even beyond the November 5 general election.

Judges have slapped down multiple attempts by him to delay the trial and he still claims he can't 

As Manhattan prepares for jury selection on Monday, Daily Mail.com has put together a timeline of how Trump's alleged affair with Daniels unfolded and led to the political trial of the century.

Daniels claims she met Trump at a celebrity golf tournament in Lake Tahoe, Nevada, in 2006. The former president has always denied anything happened between them

Daniels claims she met Trump at a celebrity golf tournament in Lake Tahoe, Nevada, in 2006. The former president has always denied anything happened between them

A $75,000 check from the Donald J. Trump Revocable Trust was made out to Michael Cohen and dated 2/14/17

A $75,000 check from the Donald J. Trump Revocable Trust was made out to Michael Cohen and dated 2/14/17

July 2006 

Adult film star Stormy Daniels first met Trump at a celebrity golf tournament in Lake Tahoe, Nevada when she was 27-years-old.

Daniels later told 60 Minutes in a 2018 interview that the then-businessman invited her to dinner.

When she went to Trump's hotel suite to meet him Trump was not dressed to go out and said he had meant they would have dinner in the room, Daniels said. She said they ended up having sex.

Daniels claims he later invited her to a Trump Vodka launch party in California as well as his office in New York City. 

At the time Trump was already married to Melania Trump who several months earlier gave birth to his fifth child Barron Trump. 

July 2007

Daniels said Trump asked her to meet him at his bungalow in the Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles.

The meeting was to discuss a possible appearance in a spinoff of 'Celebrity Apprentice.'

According to Daniels the two spent four hours together but did not have sex. 

May 2011

Daniels gave an interview to In Touch magazine in which she discussed in depth her first meeting with Trump and alleged sexual encounter.

But the interview never appeared in print after Trump's lawyers reportedly threatened to sue. The full interview ended up running in 2018.

June 2015

Trump makes his way down the escalator in Trump Tower in New York City and announces he is running in the Republican presidential race. 

Trump announcing he is running for president at Trump Tower on June 16, 2015

Trump announcing he is running for president at Trump Tower on June 16, 2015

June 2016

Actress and former Playboy model Karen McDougal offers to sell her story of an alleged 10-month affair she had with Trump in 2006 and 2007, while he was married to Melania.

Attorney Keith Davidson represented her.

In a 2018 interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper, she said she was in love with the then-reality star and their relationship was 'real'.

She also alleges they had unprotected sex dozens of times. In the end she was the one who broke off the relationship, she claims.

Afterwards she moved on with actor Bruce Willis, who she was pictured with vacationing in Italy in August 2007. 

Former Playboy model Karen McDougal with Donald Trump. She claimed they had an affair that started in 2006

Former Playboy model Karen McDougal with Donald Trump. She claimed they had an affair that started in 2006

McDougal said in 2018 she was in love with then-reality star Trump and their relationship was 'real'

McDougal said in 2018 she was in love with then-reality star Trump and their relationship was 'real'

July 2016

Trump officially becomes the Republican presidential nominee at the Republican National Convention.

He had already been the presumptive nominee having secured enough delegates for the nomination in May. 

The polls at the time show he was heading for defeat against Hillary Clinton, but he remained steadfast in his hopes that he was heading for a victory.

In one of the crowning moments of the convention in Cleveland, he joined wife

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