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Stormy Daniels Sues Donald Trump

March 7, 2018

Stormy Daniels Sues Trump
Porn star Stormy Daniels (Stephanie Clifford) has filed suit against Donald Trump, claiming her nondisclosure agreement with him isn’t valid since he never signed the contract, in which he is referred to under the alias David Dennison. Ms. Daniels inked the agreement just 12 days before the 2016 election, pledging silence about her intimate relations with the married Mr. Trump from 2006 to 2007 in return for $130,000 in hush money. As usual when bills are due, Donald Trump was nowhere to be found, so Trump lawyer Michael Cohen paid the gag fee out of his own pocket.

The suit filed this Tuesday further claims that lawyer Cohen attempted to intimidate Ms. Clifford into silence and “shut her up” to “protect Mr. Trump.” Read the new court filing lawyer Michael Avenatti submitted on behalf of Stormy Daniels here . The original NDA is attached, and the spaces where “David Dennison” was supposed to sign are clearly blank.

More:

“Stormy Daniels sues Trump, says ‘hush agreement’ invalid because he never signed,” Sarah Fitzpatrick, NBC News

“Stormy Daniels’ Lawyer: More Evidence ‘Is Going to Come to Light,’” Daily Beast

“The 7 most interesting aspects of Stormy Daniels’s lawsuit against Trump,” Aaron Blake, Washington Post

“Stormy Daniels isn’t suing Trump for money. She’s suing to make sure her story is told.” Anna North, Vox

“‘I have to see you again’: How Trump’s alleged affair with a porn star spilled into public view, Frances Stead Sellers, Emma Brown and David A. Fahrenthold, Washington Post

“Stormy Daniels’ attorney says Michael Cohen ‘threatened’ her to keep quiet,” Catherine Garcia, The Week

Updates:

“Trump’s lawyer got a restraining order to prevent Stormy Daniels from speaking out,” Jen Kirby, Vox

“Stormy Daniels: White House appears to confirm Trump contract with porn star,” David Smith, The Guardian

“Stormy Daniels Lawyer: ‘Laughable, Absurd’ Trump Didn’t Know About Hush Money,” Nicole Lafond, TPM Livewire

“Stormy Daniels lawyer says Americans need to know details because ‘cover-ups matter,'” Louis Nelson, Politico

“Michael Cohen used Trump company email in Stormy Daniels arrangements,” Sarah Fitzpatrick and Tracy Connor, NBC News

“Cohen $130,000 Payment To Stormy Daniels Came From His Home Equity Line,” Nicole Lafond, TPM Livewire

“Stormy Daniels Offers to Return $130K to Trump to End ‘Hush Agreement,’” Daily Beast

“Stormy Daniels taped a 60 Minutes interview, and Trump lawyer Michael Cohen might try to quash it,” Peter Weber, The Week

“Stormy Daniels friend describes listening in on her phone calls with Trump,” Beth Reinhard and Rob Kuznia, Washington Post

“CNN: Radio Host Says Stormy Daniels Discussed Trump Affair On Air In 2007,” Matt Shuham, CNN

Related:

“Stormy Daniels Lawsuit Raises Election Law Questions for Trump,” Griffin Connolly, Roll Call

“Stormy Daniels bringing down Trump would be the poetic justice America needs,” Matthew Walther, The Week

“Amid stories about Trump’s alleged past sexual activity, administration focuses on abstinence-only education,” Eugene Scott, Washington Post

“The First Porn President,” Maureen Dowd, New York Times

“It’s time to start taking the Stormy Daniels scandal seriously,”  Matthew Yglesias, Vox

If Michael Cohen Is Telling the Truth About His Stormy Daniels Payment, He Could Be Disbarred,” Stephen Lubet, Slate

“This Barrier-Breaking Porn Star May Prove Trump’s Biggest Nightmare,” James Watkins, OZY

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Trump Lawyer Says He Paid Off Porn Star Before Election

February 16, 2018

Trump Lawyer Admits Paying Off Porn Star Right Before Election

Donald Trump’s longtime personal lawyer Michael Cohen admitted on Tuesday that he paid porn star Stormy Daniels $130,000 in hush money in 2016, right before the election, so she wouldn’t blab about her 2011 extramarital affair with the married Mr. Trump. Mr. Cohen says the payoff came out of his own pocket, and not from Mr. Trump, the Trump Campaign, or Trump businesses.

That doesn’t mean it’s legal. Even if Mr. Cohen didn’t coordinate his pre-election payoff with the candidate or the campaign, it could be considered an unreported in-kind campaign contribution in excess of the $2,700 individual cap. Common Cause has filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission to that effect. The FEC has a Republican majority and reports violations to Jeff Sessions’ Department of Justice for enforcement, though, so that dog won’t hunt.

That doesn’t mean Mr. Trump is out of the woods. Stormy Daniels claims that Michael Cohen’s payoff revelations invalidate their nondisclosure agreement, so she’s free to talk about the president’s adulterous romps.

More:

“The Coming Storm? Hush Money and the Federal Election Campaign Act,” Thomas Frampton, Harvard Law Review blog

Related:

“Donald Trump, a Playboy Model, and a System for Concealing Infidelity,” Ronan Farrow, The New Yorker

“The latest alleged Trump affair coverup is a damningly familiar tale,” Aaron Blake, Washington Post

“Alleged Ex-Trump Paramour Says ‘Catch And Kill’ Practice Kept Her Quiet,” Amy Held, NPR

“Tools of Trump’s Fixer: Payouts, Intimidation and the Tabloids,” Jim Rutenberg, Megan Twohey, Rebecca R. Ruiz, Mike McIntire and Maggie Haberman, New York Times

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