Stormy Daniels offers to return $130K

Posted March 13, 2018

Adult film star Stormy Daniels offered to drop her pending lawsuit against President Donald Trump and return money she received as part of a 2016 hush agreement with the then-presidential candidate meant to keep her from sharing details about their alleged affair.

An attorney for Stormy Daniels - whose real name is Stephanie Clifford - sent a letter to Trump's lawyer Monday saying she would wire the money to Trump if she could speak openly about their relationship.

Michael Cohen, a private lawyer for Trump, has said he paid Clifford $130,000 of his own money during the 2016 presidential election campaign.

Avenatti said Cohen has until noon on Tuesday to respond to the offer, which, if accepted, would deem Clifford's silence as "null and void" once she returned the cash.

It would be highly unlikely Cohen would accept the offer - he recently went to court to get a restraining order to prevent her from talking about the NDA.

The 60 Minutes interview raised the prospect that Trump's personal attorney and fixer, Michael D. Cohen, would seek an injunction stopping CBS from airing the segment, which does not yet have a scheduled broadcast date.

"I'm told that in her 60 Minutes interview with Anderson Cooper Daniels suggests that Trump, how to say this, likes it when women aren't nice to him, treat him in perhaps denigrating ways", Marshall wrote in his Monday article.

"I think it's time for her to tell her story and for the public to decide who's telling the truth", he said.

Buzzfeed News reported over the weekend that the president's attorneys were looking at options to stop CBS News' from airing the interview with Daniels. Avenatti says that Cohen had the arbitrator issued the order without giving Clifford or her her lawyer a chance to argue their side of the case.

Trump hasn't addressed the claims, however his lawyer, Michael Cohen, has denied allegations of the affair. Cohen did not explain why he made the payment or say whether Trump was aware of it.

The alleged affair has become the latest distraction for Trump as he tries to advance his trade agenda and prepares for a proposed meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. This is a far cry from when he joked that Melania could "be next to leave" the White House earlier this month - poking fun at the record high number of turnovers for the administration.

A lawsuit filed last week by Daniels asks for that non-disclosure agreement to be voided, on the grounds that Trump never signed the agreement.