Remember Her? Donald Trump &Stephanie Clifford, stage name is Stormy Daniels. Trump arranged a $130,000 payment to the former adult-film star a month before the 2016 election as part of an agreement that precluded her from publicly discussing an alleged sexual encounter with him. pic.twitter.com/O7ameIs0wj— Trisha (@ritter_trisha) January 12, 2018
UPDATE: President Donald Trump’s lawyer reportedly set up a phony company in 2016, along with an alias for his payee, in order to cover up $130,000 in payments to an adult film star who allegedly slept with the then-candidate years before.
The affair between Trump and actress Stormy Daniels is said to have occurred in 2006. In the month before Election Day in 2016, Daniels was reportedly considering publicly releasing details about her meetings with Trump, but decided abruptly to stay quiet about them.
Why she decided not to discuss her interactions with Trump was revealed by the Wall Street Journal earlier this month. Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, allegedly paid Daniels (whose real name is Stephanie Clifford) $130,000 to keep mum.
New information about the payment came out this week. The Wall Street Journal revealed on Thursday that Daniels and Cohen each used pseudonyms to hide their involvement in the transaction.
The company, which is called “Essential Consultants LLC,” paid a recipient named “Peggy Peterson” the large dollar figure.
“It basically distances him from the payment,” WSJ investigative reporter Michael Rothfeld told CNN. “His name isn't on a transfer to another bank, so many people would not see where the money is coming from.”
Daniels vehemently denied the allegations that she slept with Trump.
“My involvement with Donald Trump was limited to a few public appearances and nothing more,” she wrote in a statement on Jan. 10.
Yet details from an unearthed interview with InTouch Magazine seem to suggest the opposite.
Daniels told the magazine the affair occurred just four months after Trump’s wife, Melania, gave birth to their son, Barron.
“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 said in 2011.
The affair itself is demonstrative of Trump’s character. At the time his third wife was at home tending to his son, Trump was out partying with adult film actresses. It causes one to wonder when Trump, if ever, stopped engaging in such behavior — and whether he engaged in salacious sexual activities while in Russia years later, as detailed in the infamous Steele dossier.
While all eyes in Washington have been on if the government is set to shut down or not, once that issue is resolved, the media must query Trump on these allegations of a sexual affair.
Why did his lawyer pay Daniels, if not for covering up an affair? Where did the money come from to pay off Daniels for her silence? And if it came from an anonymous donor, was it reported in FEC filings? There’s more to this story than just the affair, and the American people deserve to know the truth.
UPDATE: Adult film star Stephanie Clifford, who goes by the name Stormy Daniels, may have once denied that she and now-President Donald Trump had an affair in 2006, but according to a recently-uncovered InTouch magazine interview from 2011, Clifford not only admitted to the affair but also added that the two met several times after their first encounter.
In the interview, she said that the their sexual relationship had started after they met at a celebrity golf tournament in July 2006.
By that time, Trump had already married his third wife, Melania Trump.
“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,’” Clifford said in the 2011 interview. “And then I remember thinking, ‘But I bet if he did, it would be a lot.'”
While she did not admit to being paid to deny the affair in the interview, her story at the time was corroborated "by her good friend Randy Spears and supported by her ex-husband, Mike Moz," InTouch reported.
Beyond having admitted to the affair, the actress also told InTouch that Trump even compared her to his daughter.
“Whether you’re a fan of his or not, which I never really was, you gotta admit he’s pretty fascinating,” Clifford said. “We had really good banter. He told me once that I was someone to be reckoned with, beautiful and smart just like his daughter.”
After InTouch made the old interview public, NBC tried to contact the White House, Clifford, Spears, and Moz for comment but received no response.
The Trump campaign may have allegedly tried to prevent this story from leaking, but thanks to InTouch magazine, the truth has finally been uncovered.
An alleged sexual encounter between President Donald Trump and former adult film star Stephanie Clifford is coming back to haunt the president.
According to The Wall Street Journal, attorney Michael Cohen paid Clifford $130,000 so she would stay mum about a rendezvous she had with Trump about 10 years ago.
Cohen served as a lawyer for the Trump Organization before the 2016 presidential election.
The report claims anonymous sources confirmed that the president’s attorney and the woman — who went by the stage name Stormy Daniels — cut a deal so she would remain quiet. Cohen told the Journal that “these rumors have circulated time and again since 2011."
Before the latest report, The Journal also alleged that Clifford had discussed appearing on “Good Morning America” to talk about Trump in the fall of 2016.
After being asked to comment, Cohen shared an image of a letter signed by Clifford saying that she never received any money from Trump or his people.
The undated letter reads: “Rumors that I have received hush money from Donald Trump are completely false. If indeed I did have a relationship with Donald Trump, trust me, you wouldn't be reading about it in the news, you would be reading about it in my book. But the fact of the matter is, these stories are not true.”
The alleged encounter would have taken place after the two met during a July 2006 celebrity golf tournament in Lake Tahoe, just one year after Trump married his wife, Melania.
While the report appears to base the story solely on anonymous sources, it wouldn't be too far-fetched to believe that the encounter, and the subsequent "deal," took place. After all, it's "grab them by the p****" Trump we are talking about.
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