Trump Lawyer Arranged $130,000 Payment for Adult-Film Star’s Silence (The Wall Street Journal link): Agreement just before election required woman to keep quiet about an alleged sexual encounter with Trump in 2006, people familiar with the matter say.
Michael Cohen, who spent nearly a decade as a top attorney at the Trump Organization, arranged payment to the woman, Stephanie Clifford, in October 2016 after her lawyer negotiated the nondisclosure agreement with Mr. Cohen, these people said. Ms. Clifford, whose stage name is Stormy Daniels, has privately alleged the encounter with Mr. Trump took place after they met at a July 2006 celebrity golf tournament on the shore of Lake Tahoe, these people said. Mr. Trump married Melania Trump in 2005.
Mr. Trump faced other allegations during his campaign of inappropriate behavior with women, and vehemently denied them. In this matter, there is no allegation of a nonconsensual interaction.
Ms. Clifford has appeared in about 150 adult films, and was considered among the industry’s biggest stars when the then-27-year-old met Mr. Trump at the American Century Championship in 2006, held at Edgewood Tahoe golf course in Nevada.
On Friday, The Wall Street Journal reported that Michael Cohen, the longtime lawyer for President Donald J. Trump, arranged a $130,000 hush payment to porn star Stormy Daniels one month prior to the 2016 presidential election.
According to the Journal, the payment was made “as part of an agreement that precluded her from publicly discussing an alleged sexual encounter with Mr. Trump.” Daniels (given name: Stephanie Clifford) had reportedly been in talks with both ABC’s Good Morning America about going public with the allegations.
The Daily Beast had also been in protracted talks with Daniels about arranging an interview after three sources—including fellow porn star Alana Evans—told The Daily Beast that Daniels and Trump were involved. She ultimately backed out on Nov. 3, just five days before the 2016 election.
Daniels’ story would have come on the heels of the porn star Jessica Drake coming forward in late October 2016 to accuse Trump of kissing her without consent and offering her $10,000 in exchange for sex in 2006. Then, on Nov. 4, 2016, the Journal unearthed documents revealing that the Trump-friendly rag National Enquirer had shelled out $150,000 to Playboy centerfold Karen McDougal for a tell-all about her alleged 10-month affair with The Donald from 2006 to 2007. They never ran the piece.
If Drake and McDougal are to be believed, their encounters with Trump took place in the months after Melania gave birth to the Trumps’ youngest son, Barron, in 2006.
Michael Cohen, the attorney, arranged the payment to Stormy Daniels, real name Stephanie Clifford, according to the newspaper. Daniels had been in talks to discuss Trump with ABC’s “Good Morning America” in the weeks leading up to the 2016 election when Cohen arranged the payment to her, according to the Journal.
The payment, the Journal reports, was made through Clifford’s attorney, Keith Davidson. Davidson declined to comment on the story, citing “attorney-client privilege.”
Daniels was one of the most popular porn stars in America when she met Trump in 2006 at a golf championship in Nevada. She was 27 at the time, and Trump would have just turned 60. He married Melania in 2005.
Daniels is no stranger to politics. In 2010. the self-described Republican said she was going to challenge incumbent Senator David Vitter.
Mod: The thing is, if it was only this story alone, think of what a big deal it would be. But with Donald Trump? Just another daily outrage from our crooked popular vote loser of a president. One that will quickly be replaced by another outrage, and then another. On and on it goes, like a bad TV show. So will he now be asked by that ethically pristine GOP Congressional leadership to resign? Of course not. And gosh, shame on you for asking.