The Stormy Daniels saga continues. While Trump and his sycophantic supporters have been scrambling to distance the president from the porn star’s allegations that she had an affair with him in 2006 and that she was paid $130,000 to keep quiet, new documents have surfaced proving otherwise.
A previous version of the story alleged that Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, set up a shell LLC through which he transferred $130,000 to Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, in exchange for her silence about the affair.
The Trump Campaign claimed it had no knowledge of or connection to that payment. But new documents have surfaced, according to NBC, that prove a Trump Campaign lawyer signed legal papers connected to the payment to keep Daniels quiet.
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Jill A. Martin is the Trump Organization lawyer in question, whose signature appears on the papers. She is assistant general counsel for the company.
Daniels’ lawyer Michael Avenatti said that this proves that the Trump Organization knew about the payments, and therefore it is unlikely that the President’s nonstop denial of the affair will hold up in a court of law.
“These documents effectively show that contrary to Mr. Cohen’s representations, there is little to no difference between EC LLC and The Trump Organization/Donald Trump,” he said.
Michael Cohen, Trump’s personal lawyer, has been trying to fall on this grenade since the story broke.
“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,” he said, adding that he used his own personal funds.
This revelation pokes holes in his story.
Stormy Daniels offered to return the $130,000 this week in exchange for the freedom to speak openly about the affair. She also filed suit against the president for his failure to sign the agreement meant to keep her quiet, thus invalidating it. The deadline for her offer passed without any comment from Trump or his team.
Looks like their strategy of “just ignore it, it’ll go away,” isn’t working. Porn stars are more often than not demanding of attention, and the president is going to have to deal with this one sooner or later.