We might be hearing a lot more from Stormy Daniels in the coming days. The adult film star Is back in the news thanks to Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen who now says he paid $130,000 settlement out of his own pocket just before Election Day.
Daniels just told the Associated Press she believes Cohen’s statements to the media could legally open a way to discuss the alleged extramarital affair with Trump publically.
“Everything is off now, and Stormy is going to tell her story,” said Daniel’s manager.
Thanks to a non-disclosure clause in the star’s settlement agreement, the details of what happened in a Lake Tahoe, Nevada, hotel room in 2006 between Trump and Daniels has been off-limits until now. But if Cohen’s admission does indeed void the agreement, Ms. Clifford (Daniels) could now be open to more conversation regarding that tryst and the alleged affair that followed. According to the timeline, the affair happened shortly after Barron’s birth.
From the Associated Press:
“Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, believes that Trump attorney Michael Cohen invalidated a non-disclosure agreement after two news stories were published Tuesday: One, in which Cohen told The New York Times that he made the six-figure payment with his personal funds, and another in the Daily Beast, which reported that Cohen was shopping a book proposal that would touch on Daniels’ story, said the manager, Gina Rodriguez.”
The story was published on The Smoking Gun website a month before the election, but a payment was still made to Daniels to keep her silent during the presidential campaign, according to a Wall Street Journal report in January.
In 2011 Cohen threatened to sue In Touch Weekly after Daniels passed a polygraph and they were prepared to release the report. They held off, only to publish the report last month after the Journal reported on the $130,000 payment in exchange for her silence.
Cohen said, “neither the Trump Organization nor the Trump campaign was a party to the transaction with Ms. Clifford, and neither reimbursed me for the payment, either directly or indirectly.”
Congressman Ted Lieu commented that even though the Trump campaign wasn’t party to the transaction, the “hush money” could still violate federal election law.
Cohen says Trump campaign was not "a party to the transaction." But that's not the law. If $130k hush money payment to Stormy Daniels was made "in cooperation, consultation or concert with, or at the request or suggestion of, a candidate’s campaign," it violated fed election law. https://t.co/ytfPHiwv5T
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) February 14, 2018
The money transfer came under scrutiny in a complaint to the Federal Election Commission, which is investigating the matter.
Former federal prosecutor, Renato Mariotti, noted that Cohen’s payment to Daniels may put him under the watch of Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
Michael Cohen just gave Robert Mueller a reason to seek his tax returns. How did Cohen report this payment to Stormy Daniels, if at all? https://t.co/ULQF4UfR9h
— Renato Mariotti (@renato_mariotti) February 14, 2018
See Stormy’s appearance on the Jimmy Kimmel show below:
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