A million dollar penalty just ain’t what it used to be. Back when we were kids, the threat of owing a million dollars if you blabbed about your extended carnal knowledge with an aspiring presidential contender was more than enough to keep your lips sealed as tight as the lock on Donald Trump’s tax returns.
Nowadays with the current president in the Oval Office, so many people are willing to pay a million dollars to see him kicked out of the White House that the million buck penalty seems like Trump chump change.
In fact, Michael Avenatti, the lawyer representing Stephanie Clifford, who uses the alias Stormy Daniels in her X-rated video appearances, said that at least 10 people have already offered to pay the $1,000,000 penalty on Ms. Clifford’s behalf if she deigns to break the non-disclosure agreement about her torrid fling with the thrice-married father of five, according to CNN.
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Those ten people have all made their offers within the last three days and without the benefit of an extensive crowdfunding campaign, according to Avenatti, who added that his client is not currently considering accepting the offers at this time.
Daniels’ lawyer told CNN that, in any event, he doubted that a California court would enforce the monetary damages for “every episode that she goes out and speaks in violation of the confidentiality,” particularly in light of her lawsuit to declare the gag agreement null and void because it was never signed by Donald Trump and because his personal attorney, Michael Cohen, has already violated the agreement by discussing it publicly.
Trump has denied ever having an intimate relationship of a sexual nature with the sex worker/entertainer, so his signature on a non-disclosure agreement prohibiting discussing a supposedly non-existent affair is tantamount to an admission of infidelity.
(Like his tax returns, the details of any prenuptial agreement with his current wife, Melania, have not been publicly disclosed.)
Both Cohen and Trump have claimed that the president was unaware of the existence of a contract mandating Ms. Clifford/Daniels’ silence, a contention that Mr. Avenatti calls “absolutely laughable.”
Given that the basic outlines of the affair have already been made public through the media coverage of the legal dispute over the non-disclosure agreement, a million dollars is a lot for someone to pay to get more of the salacious details, including potentially incriminating photos, of the alleged relationship.
That ten different people are willing to ante up that much now proves just how anxious some people, even the ones who have benefited greatly from his massive tax cuts for the wealthy, are to see this president removed from office as soon as possible.