The Stormy Daniels saga just keeps getting juicier. Now, the porn star known for her alleged affair with Donald Trump in 2006 – just months after Melania had given birth – has revealed that she almost spilled it all just days before the 2016 election.
According to The Washington Post, an October 17, 2016 email from Daniels contained a threat to cancel a nondisclosure agreement made between her and Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen. Cohen has admitted to making the $130,000 payment (called hush money by some) that ultimately kept Daniels quiet until earlier this year.
But as of October 17, Daniels had not received the money and was willing to walk away. It was that day that Cohen established an LLC for the express purpose of making this payment. But by the end of that day, Daniels still didn’t have the money.
It arrived a full ten days later, and Daniels kept the secret of the affair until well into Trump’s presidential term.
Multiple campaign finance watchdog groups have filed complaints with the FEC pertaining to this payment, alleging that it constitutes an un-reported in-kind donation to the Trump campaign, in that it was meant to influence the outcome of the Nov. 8 election.
Now, two House Democrats have called for an FBI investigation into the payment, along with one other – of $150,000, to a former Playboy model, Karen McDougal who alleged a nine month affair with Trump.
In a stunning admission, the President’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, said that he made the $130,000 payout to porn star Stormy Daniels out of his own pocket.
“Neither the Trump Organization nor the Trump campaign was a party to the transaction with Ms. Clifford, and neither reimbursed me for the payment, either directly or indirectly,” Cohen told The New York Times, referring to Stephanie Clifford, who goes by the “stage name” of Stormy Daniels.
“The payment to Ms. Clifford was lawful, and was not a campaign contribution or a campaign expenditure by anyone,” he added.
Per a bombshell Wall Street Journal report, Clifford received a $130,000 payout from Trump’s lawyer as part of a nondisclosure agreement in October of 2016, one month before the general election. The payout was reported to the FEC by a watchdog group, as unreported in-kind contributions violate campaign finance law. Cohen, however, opted to “disclose” that the payout came out of his own pocket, which is convenient at best, and absolutely ridiculous otherwise.
In an In Touch Magazine interview, Daniels claimed that Trump had an affair with her in 2005 shortly after Melania gave birth to their child.
“I actually don’t even know why I did it, but I do remember while we were having sex, I was like, ‘Please, don’t try to pay me,’” Daniels told the magazine.
“We hung out for a little while, and he just kept saying, ‘I’m gonna call you, I’m gonna call you. I have to see you again. You’re amazing. We have to get you on The Apprentice,’” she added.
Trump, for his part, has been accused of sexual harassment or misconduct by at least 19 women. He has neither confessed to these crimes nor taken any degree of responsibility for them. Even in the face of damning evidence – such as the Access Hollywood tapes – the President has refused to address the issue.