What's With All The Stormy Daniels Talk?
Stormy Daniels alleges
that she carried on an affair with Donald Trump in 2006. President Trump and his lawyers deny that the affair occurred.
The Wall Street Journal
reported in January that Trump's lawyer, Michael Cohen paid the porn star $130,000 in October, 2016 to keep her allegations from becoming an October surprise. The lawyer insists that he paid Daniels out of his own pocket.
Who Is Stormy Daniels?
Stormy Daniels was born Stephanie Clifford
in Louisiana in 1979, and started making adult films in the early 2000's. You might know her from her appearances in non-pornographic movies, such as "40 year old Virgin" and "Knocked Up".
Trump and the Pornstar: What Happened?
Accounts seem to vary about what exactly happened, as details swirl from various sources. She claims that after they met at a golf tournament they had dinner one night. She claimed in a interview that she slept with him once. Daniels allegedly rebuffed him on other occasions, though their cordial interactions continued until 2010.
2011: InTouch Magazine Interviews Daniels; Doesn't Publish
Stormy Daniels gives an interview to the celebrity gossip rag
. She details her account with them, which is later published after Trump becomes President.
2016: Daniels Wants To Go Public. Again.
After candidate Trump's meteoric rise as a political figure, she sought to tell the story again. This time, it culminated on October 28, with a signed non-disclosure agreement between Daniels and Trump's lawyer, Michael Cohen.
2018: Trump And Daniels' Legal Battle
On January 12th, the Wall Street Journal
reported that Trump's lawyer, Michael Cohen, paid Stormy Daniels $130,000 from his own funds to avoid a scandal in 2016.
Stormy Daniels Restraining Order
In February, Trump lawyer Michael Cohen stated that the campaign was not involved, as liberal outlets speculated about potential campaign finance violations. Cohen then won a restraining order
barring Daniels from speaking about the matter publicly. Cohen then produced
a letter from Daniels asserting that no affair occurred, which was met with Daniels' denial
that she wrote it.
Stormy Daniels Sues Trump
Daniels' attorney then claimed
that the agreement was null and void, because Trump's signature was not on the agreement. Her lawyer also claims that the arbitration that produced the restraining order is invalid, as Daniels was neither aware nor present for the proceedings.
Stormy Daniels 60 Minutes Interview
According to media reports
Daniels will give an interview to CBS' 60 Minutes in an apparent violation of her restraining order. We are waiting to see what news comes from the interview.
Stormy Daniels' Mother
Whatever happens with the legal fight, ironically Stormy Daniels' mother Sheila Gregory is a big fan
of President Trump.“If Mr. Trump runs four more times, I would vote for him every time,” Gregory said. “I like him. I like the way he handles things. It’s time this country is put back where it belongs, taking care of the people here instead of the people who don’t belong here.”