Not only has Trump’s Stormy Daniels saga refused to go away, but America seems to find out more and more with each passing day. Today’s development, however, might just take the cake.
MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace spoke with Michael Avenatti, Stormy Daniels’ attorney, about the possibility of the existence of a sex tape.
Avenatti’s response has piqued the interest of a curious nation.
NICOLLE WALLACE: Is there a sex tape?
MICHAEL AVENATTI, Stormy Daniels' attorney: I'm not going to answer that.
WALLACE: Could there be a sex tape?
AVENATTI: There could be, might be, would be, could be. Who knows?
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) March 14, 2018
Despite the fact that nothing seems to stick to Trump, the Stormy Daniels saga – in all of its sordid controversy – is the perfect one to take down a president whose constant barrage of sophomoric foolishness has thus far baffled the political arena and stymied myriad political attacks. But when faced with a scandal worthy of reality television– well, Trump may have finally met his match.
The remark comes on the heels of Daniels’, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, decision to sue Trump amid claims that his team is attempting to silence her despite the fact that her “hush agreement” is invalid because Trump never signed it.
The civil suit was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court and outlines that fact that while Daniels and Trump’s attorney, Michael Cohen, signed the NDA, Trump himself did not.
Per NBC News, “According to the lawsuit, Clifford and Trump had an intimate relationship that lasted from summer 2006 “well into the year 2007.” The relationship allegedly included meetings in Lake Tahoe and at the Beverly Hills Hotel.”
The 2016 hush agreement mandated that Daniels was to be paid $130,000 in exchange for not disclosing any information about the sexual relationship between her and Trump. Clifford argues that while the contract is invalid, given the absence of Trump’s signature, that hasn’t stopped Cohen from his continued attempts to silence her.
“To be clear, the attempts to intimidate Ms. Clifford into silence and ‘shut her up’ in order to ‘protect Mr. Trump’ continue unabated,” says the suit. “On or about February 27, 2018, Mr. Trump’s attorney Mr. Cohen surreptitiously initiated a bogus arbitration proceeding against Ms. Clifford in Los Angeles.”
Stormy Daniels and her attorney, Avenatti, are asking court to formally declare that the hush agreement and accompanying agreements “were never formed, and therefore do not exist, because, among other things, Mr. Trump never signed the agreements.”
Trump is further implicated because, per the rules of the New York bar, Cohen is required to keep his client, Trump, informed at all times. As such, Trump should be aware – and is duly complicit – in the illegal activity.
“[I]t strains credulity to conclude that Mr. Cohen is acting on his own accord and without the express approval and knowledge of his client Mr. Trump.”
The lawsuit is only the latest move in a string of incredible developments. In a previously published 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 a staggering 22 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.
It seems that Trump’s vile treatment of women is finally catching up with him– and while he usually wants all eyes on him, this is one instance where the president may regret his unquenchable thirst for the nation’s attention.