An old sexual scandal against the republican President Donald J. Trump has resurfaced. It seems that one year after he was married to Melania, in 2006, the president had a dalliance with a porn star known as “Stormy Daniels.” Around October 2016, she had been scheduled to give an interview on a TV morning talk show to tell all, but at the last minute and without an explanation, she cancelled out on her commitment. The Wall Street Journal and the Hill are reporting out the story that she received $130,000 windfall around this same time-frame.
Around 2009, she did garner some notoriety when she decided to run for a Louisiana Senate seat against the republican Senator David Vitter, the family values crusader whose number turned up in the DC Madam’s notorious little black book. But around April 2010, she announced that she was pulling out of this race.
I believe this story because several media outlets like “Good Morning America” and the Daily Beast have confirmed that Ms. Daniels had been scheduled for interviews that she cancelled out on before the November 2016 elections. These media outlets don’t grant interviews without knowledge of the subject material and it should be obvious that she wasn’t planning to discuss her health.
Here’s the rest of the story…
On January 12, 2018, the Wall Street Journal broke this story by Michael Rothfield and Joe Palazzolo, “Trump Lawyer Arranged $130,000 Payment for Adult-Film Star’s Silence”
According to the Journal, this non-disclosure agreement was agreed to in exchange for the $130,000 dollars just before the presidential election (October 2016) required the woman in question to keep quiet about an alleged sexual encounter with Trump in 2006, people familiar with the matter say.
According to the Journal report, “Ms. Clifford “privately alleged the encounter with Mr. Trump took place after they met at a July 2006 celebrity golf tournament in Lake Tahoe,” sources confirmed to the Journal.
It was Michael Cohen who has been the Trump’s organization’s lawyer for about a decade, who is purported to have arranged a payment to Stephanie Clifford, in October 2016, after her lawyer negotiated the non disclosure agreement with Mr. Cohen, these people said.
“A lawyer for President Donald Trump arranged a $130,000 payment to a former adult-film star a month before the 2016 election as part of an agreement that precluded her from publicly discussing an alleged sexual encounter with Mr. Trump, according to people familiar with the matter.”
The Hill picked up this story…
“A lawyer for President Trump reportedly arranged a six-figure payment to a former adult-film star to keep her from discussing a sexual encounter with Trump, according to a new report Friday (1/12/18).”
“The Wall Street Journal reported that Michael Cohen, an attorney for the Trump Organization at the time and now Trump’s personal lawyer, arranged for Stephanie Clifford, known in the industry as Stormy Daniels, to receive $130,000 as part of a nondisclosure agreement one month before the 2016 presidential election.”
“Clifford has privately told sources interviewed by the Journal that she and Trump had a consensual sexual encounter in 2006, the year after he and Melania Trump were married. Clifford was 27 years old at the time of the alleged encounter in Lake Tahoe.”
“A White House official declined to comment to the Journal about the payment, but said that the allegations of the interaction between Trump and Clifford were “old, recycled reports, which were published and strongly denied prior to the election.”
“Cohen told the Journal in a statement that Trump “once again vehemently denies” the encounter, but did not comment on the alleged $130,00 payment.”
“This is now the second time that you are raising outlandish allegations against my client,” Cohen said in the statement. “You have attempted to perpetuate this false narrative for over a year; a narrative that has been consistently denied by all parties since at least 2011.”
“Cohen’s reference to previous allegations may include the Journal’s report in the days before the election that Clifford intended to appear on “Good Morning America” to discuss the alleged affair. She reportedly chose not to appear on the show at that time without explanation.”
“Cohen sent the paper a statement signed by “Stormy Daniels” denying the sexual encounter with Trump and saying that hush money rumors are “completely false.”
“Clifford reportedly received the payment through her lawyer’s client-trust account. A spokeswoman for the bank where the account is held declined to comment.”
“The payment was allegedly made around the time that the “Access Hollywood” tape surfaced, in which Trump made a comment about grabbing women “by the p—-.”
“Sexual harassment and assault allegations against Trump from more than a dozen women surfaced during the campaign, and again during the rise of the “Me Too” movement. Trump has repeatedly denied the allegations, and the official White House position is that the women are lying.”
This blog was updated on 1/13/18.