Stormy Daniels Appears to Have the Goods on Trump

Adult film actress and director and likely former mistress of Donald Trump says she wants to return the $130,000 in hush money to Donald Trump and/or his attorney Michael Cohen. She wants the right to tell her story and says America deserves the truth. That offer is going to put Trump and Cohen in a bind. If they refuse the money, they acknowledge they want to keep her silent. According to Daniels’ attorney, her story includes “text messages, photos and/or videos.” From the New York Times:


Mr. Avenatti set a deadline of noon Tuesday for Mr. Cohen to answer the offer from Ms. Clifford, known professionally as Stormy Daniels, to answer his offer.

Under the terms of the deal detailed in the letter, a copy of which was obtained by The New York Times, the contract ensuring Ms. Clifford’s silence would be “deemed null and void’’ once she returned the sum called for in her original contract.

Under Mr. Avenatti’s offer, Ms. Clifford would then be allowed to “(a) speak openly and freely about her prior relationship with the President and the attempts to silence her and (b) use any publish any text messages, photos and/or videos relating to the President that she may have in her possession, all without fear of retribution and legal liability for damages.”

Donald Trump has attacked every person who’s ever even whispered a negative word about him—everyone except Stormy Daniels? Is it because she’s got evidence of his bad behavior? Mr. Big Mouth sure is silent about Stormy Daniels and her nonstop headlines. 

Meanwhile, Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) and Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-NY) are demanding an investigation into the $130,000 payment to Stormy Daniels by Michael Cohen. Rep. Lieu explained on CNN this morning. Watch:

Donald Trump appears to be backed into a corner here. Fight the refund from Stormy Daniels and acknowledge Trump cheated with an adult film actress while his newlywed wife was home with their newborn son. How will that play with his base of suburban women? And if Stormy Daniels is released from the nondisclosure agreement, what does that unleash? 

Michael Cohen is also backed in a corner. If he stands by the claim that he alone paid Stormy Daniels, it could be violating federal law and punishable by up to 5 years in prison. If he admits he was reimbursed by Donald Trump, he is again confirming the affair and the hush payment. 

Stormy Daniels recorded an interview with 60 Minutes that is scheduled to air this weekend. Buckle up, America. The forecast calls for stormy weather all week. 

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