Stormy Daniels offers to return 'hush agreement' money to end silence
Mar 13 2018
The actress known as Stormy Daniels says she wants to speak publicly about her relationship with Trump, which allegedly occurred from 2006 to 2006 - shortly after Trump's wife, First Lady Melania Trump, gave birth to their son Barron.
In a letter, her attorney, Michael Avenatti, says Daniels "will pay $130,000 to President Trump by wire transfer, to an account designated by the president" by this Friday.
Cohen, Trump's lawyer, was given until noon (1600 GMT) Tuesday to respond.
The porn actress, however, feels that she doesn't have to abide by the agreement because Cohen forgot to get Trump to sign it. Cohen's signature is on it and Daniels' is, but Trump's isn't.
In the 1971 Pentagon Papers case, the Supreme Court ruled that the New York Times and The Washington Post could not be stopped from publishing documents related to USA military actions in Vietnam, despite the government's argument that such reporting would endanger national security. A court order requiring Daniels to honour a nondisclosure agreement she signed in 2016 would not force 60 Minutes to spike an interview she and Cooper taped last week.
One problem, though: Trump never bothered to sign the confidentiality agreement that accompanied the six-figure deal, according to a lawsuit filed last week by Daniels and her attorney, Michael Avenatti.
Mr Avenatti said he does not consider the restraining order valid, and will continue with his suit.
The president has long denied claims of any relationship with Daniels.
In exchange, the non-disclosure agreement would be voided and the porn star's lawsuit against the president dismissed. Originally, Daniels was quiet about the accusations that she had an affair with the president but now she's speaking out.
Daniels's lawyer recently posted pictures of her along with 60 Minutes host Anderson Cooper to social media, but an air date for the segment has not been given, and the president's lawyers are seeking to block the screening, according to a Buzzfeed report.
Regardless of whether Cohen accepts Clifford's offer, the money is the subject of a complaint by the watchdog group Common Cause to the Federal Election Commission. This is a far cry from when he joked that Melania could "be next to leave" the White House earlier this month - poking fun at the record high number of turnovers for the administration.