This morning of the 16th of March, I was watching MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” TV show, where Stormy Daniel’s attorney Michael Avenatti was a guest. Ms. Daniels, an adult film actress has alleged an affair with Mr. Trump in 2006 when his wife Melania was expecting their child. This story gets complicated because in 2016, before the president was ensconced in the White House, the president’s long time attorney Michael Cohen paid Ms. Daniels hush monies in the form of $130.000 dollars in exchange for her signing a NDA (non-disclosure agreement.) This means that she was supposed to be barred from publicly sharing information about this alleged affair.(See: Republicans Are About To Be Faced With Another Scandal/ 1/12/18 )
The saga continues as Ms Daniels has decided that she wants to challenge the legitimacy of the NDA (non-disclosure agreement) on several legal points, and she has an attorney with an excellent reputation, Michael Avenatti. During the “Morning Joe” show, Mr. Avenatti disclosed to the host, Mika Brzezinski that his client had been physically threatened with bodily harm. But the attorney would not share more details. There will be a CBS show “60 Minutes” to be aired on the 25th of March 2018 which will be more forthcoming with information.
It is obvious that CBS executives and Mr. Michael Avenatti believe that Stormy Daniels has an outstanding case.
Here is the rest of the story…
On March 16, 2018, Frances Stead Sellers and Sarah Ellison of the Washington Post penned the following report, “CBS tentatively sets March 25 for airing ‘60 Minutes’ interview with Stormy Daniels”
“For a week, the world has waited: When would “60 Minutes” air its interview with porn star Stormy Daniels alleging an affair with President Trump? CBS has been silent. Now there is a planned date, March 25, according to two people familiar with the timing.”
“Daniels’s attorney, Michael Avenatti, heightened the suspense. After Daniels sat for an interview with news anchor Anderson Cooper, the lawyer tweeted a photo of the three of them, along with the Twitter handle @60Minutes — teasing a tell-all from the woman who has been silenced for more than a year by Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen.”
But the airing date remained vague, leading to speculation that CBS was embroiled in a legal battle before it could move forward with the salacious segment, expected to reveal details of the alleged affair that Daniels says began at a celebrity golf tournament in 2006.
Interviews such as this — promising insights into an alleged affair between a president and a porn star, set against the roiling #MeToo movement — are ratings gold. Networks go to great lengths to secure them and promote them heavily. Today, though, armed with social media, Avenatti has been driving the media narrative. Since filing suit on Daniels’s behalf, seeking to release her from her confidentiality agreement, he has become a regular presence on-air, using Twitter to promote nuggets of information he releases incrementally — a step ahead of his chosen news outlets.”
“Over the weekend, Avenatti added to speculation that Trump’s lawyers might be delaying the interview by tweeting a BuzzFeed report quoting an anonymous source saying they “are preparing to file for a legal injunction to prevent it from airing.”
“Be sure to watch @AC360 tonight for new developments in the Clifford v. Trump matter. #factsarestubbornthings #basta,” he wrote.
“On Thursday (3/15/18) evening Avenatti was back on CNN, suggesting that six women have come forward with stories similar to his client’s, even as he stressed that they had not yet been vetted.”
“The potential for stopping the “60 Minutes” report is unlikely to be in the form of a court injunction — which is seldom permitted under First Amendment doctrine, legal experts say. But powerful figures can slow publication of damaging material simply by threatening legal action.”
“George Freeman, the New York Times’s First Amendment lawyer for 30 years who now serves as executive director of the Media Law Resource Center, said CBS’s scheduling decision might reflect other priorities. “I don’t see a legal reason why they wouldn’t air it,” he said.”
“Some legal experts see potential peril for Daniels if the “60 Minutes” interview goes ahead, and Cohen has vowed to follow up.”
“I believe Mr. Avenatti’s actions and behavior has been both reckless and imprudent as it opens Ms. Clifford to substantial monetary liability, which I intend to pursue,” Cohen told The Post.”
“The penalties are draconian — $1 million each time Daniels defies the confidentiality agreement’s constraints. Last week she launched an online fundraising campaign to cover her legal costs.”
This will be the “Reality Show” of the year with a huge audience/ outstanding ratings.