Though both adult film star Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal say they had an extramarital affair with Donald Trump in 2006, McDougal’s allegations could wind up being much more damaging to the president in the long run.
The McDougal And Daniels Payoffs
While both McDougal and Daniels say that Trump paid them not to speak, the agreements that McDougal signed could be a bigger problem for the president because it was paid by a company and not an attorney like the $130,000 given to Daniels by Trump attorney Michael Cohen. ThinkProgress notes:
“McDougal, on the other hand, was paid by a corporation. She was paid $150,000 in August 2016 by American Media Inc., the parent company of the National Enquirer. Direct corporate donations to a campaign are illegal whether they are reported or not. McDougal argues that her contract was invalid for that reason — the purpose of the contract, a corporate donation to benefit the Trump campaign — was illegal.”
Non-Disclosure Vs. Contract
Daniels clearly signed a non-disclosure agreement to keep her story to herself in exchange for cash. But McDougal was paid to tell her story to the National Enquirer, which later decided to kill the story.
Since McDougal was paid to talk, a judge could well rule in her favor and decide that she has every right to reveal all the details of her affair with the president, and that could wind up being bad news for the White House.
Let Them Speak!
Both McDougal and Daniels are now suing Trump to be freed from their agreements and speak to whoever they want. Daniels will give her first interview to 60 Minutes in a segment that’s set to air Sunday.
McDougal, however, will beat Daniels to the punch, and speak to Anderson Cooper on CNN Thursday evening at 9PM EST. Cooper also conducted the interview with Daniels for 60 Minutes.
The Cohen Connection
Believe it or not, Trump’s personal attorney, Michael Cohen, played a role in both women’s cases, but again the McDougal deal is the one that threatens both Cohen and Trump the most:
“In Stormy Daniel’s case, Michael Cohen’s role is certainly suspicious. Cohen created a shell company and then negotiated the non-disclosure agreement on behalf of that company. Still, Daniels signed the contract knowing Cohen and his longtime client, Trump, was involved.
“Cohen’s involvement in the McDougal case is even more suspect. He was not a party to the agreement and did not openly negotiate for either side. Nevertheless, according to McDougal’s lawsuit, her lawyer, Keith Davidson, kept Cohen apprised of the status of the negotiations. McDougal essentially alleges that her lawyer at the time, Davidson, defrauded her and was really looking out for the interests of Cohen and Trump.”
The bottom line is that Cohen is now legally liable in two major cases involving his patron, Donald Trump. And the deals he made with McDougal and Daniels could also wind up serving to create even more legal liability for Trump.
Karen McDougal was paid to speak. And she intends to start that process Thursday evening on CNN.
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