Manhattan prosecutors on Wednesday met with Stormy Daniels, the porn star who was paid $130,000 to keep quiet about her affair with Donald J. Trump, according to a lawyer for Ms. Daniels.
The lawyer, Clark Brewster, tweeted that at the request of the Manhattan district attorney’s office, he and Ms. Daniels had met with prosecutors. Ms. Daniels responded to questions, he said, “and has agreed to make herself available as a witness, or for further inquiry if needed.”
Ms. Daniels thanked her lawyer for “helping me in our continuing fight for truth and justice” in her own tweet.
Ms. Daniels’s meeting with the prosecutors comes as the Manhattan district attorney, Alvin L. Bragg, nears an indictment of Mr. Trump for his involvement in the hush-money payment.
Her lawyer’s statement seemed to suggest that Ms. Daniels had not testified in front of the grand jury, and she was not seen outside the building where the grand jury sits. Her meeting with prosecutors may have been virtual.
A spokeswoman for the district attorney’s office declined to comment.
Michael D. Cohen, a former fixer for Mr. Trump who paid Ms. Daniels and was later reimbursed by the president, testified before the grand jury on Wednesday, his second day answering questions before the panel. Mr. Cohen said before the appearance that he expected it to be “my last time, at least for the grand jury.”
The prosecutors have questioned at least seven other people before the grand jury this year, and Mr. Cohen is most likely one of the final witnesses, according to people with knowledge of the matter. It would be rare for a prosecutor in a high-profile white-collar case to question nearly every relevant witness without intending to seek an indictment.
Mr. Cohen’s testimony is one of several signals that an indictment is likely. Another came when Mr. Bragg’s office notified Mr. Trump’s lawyers that the former president could testify before the grand jury this week should he want to do so. In New York, potential defendants have the right to answer questions in front of the grand jury before prosecutors seek an indictment, so such offers almost always indicate that an indictment is close.
People with knowledge of Mr. Trump’s decision say he declined the offer, and several of his lawyers met privately with prosecutors nearly two weeks ago to make their case against an indictment. Mr. Trump has lashed out at Mr. Bragg’s investigation, calling the Democratic district attorney, who is Black, a racist and saying that Mr. Bragg is conducting a politically motivated “witch hunt.”
Last week, the former president issued a statement in which he denied having had an affair with Ms. Daniels and said the district attorney’s investigation was an effort to “take down” the leading Republican candidate in the 2024 presidential campaign — himself.
Kate Christobek and Nate Schweber contributed reporting.