LOS ANGELES – The drama continues to unfold in connection with the alleged 2006 affair between President Donald Trump and porn star Stormy Daniels that started at a celebrity golf tournament in Nevada.
According to Daniels, the tryst began when current first lady Melania Trump was very much in the picture, and her son with the president, Barron Trump, was just three months old.
“Oh, don’t worry about her,” Trump reportedly told Daniels about his wife.
Daniels has claimed that Trump and his personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, have relentlessly sought to silence her on the matter, most notably via a payment of $130,000 as hush money (which Cohen says came from his personal funds) during the presidential campaign.
The arrangement was sewn up by a nondisclosure agreement that identified the parties via aliases, with their true identities revealed only in a related side letter. A neat and tidy package, to be sure, with just one problem:
Trump, the purported master of “the art of the deal,” neglected to sign the agreement.
Now it’s Daniels who’s on the legal offensive, seeking the right to tell her tale.
“Earlier today, we filed this complaint seeking a ct order voiding the alleged ‘hush’ agreement between our client S. Clifford aka Stormy Daniels and Donald Trump,” Daniels’s attorney Michael Avenatti posted on Twitter of the suit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court.
The suit details actions taken by Cohen to intimidate the porn star to keep quiet on the affair, including as recently as February 27th of this year, when Cohen “surreptitiously initiated a bogus arbitration proceeding against Ms. Clifford in Los Angeles.”
Daniels and Avenatti take the position that the agreements with Trump “were never formed, and therefore do not exist, because, among other things, Mr. Trump never signed the agreements.”
Avenatti also took aim at the president himself with respect to efforts to silence Daniels, alleging in the suit that Trump had to be aware of Cohen’s actions since Cohen is legally required to keep his client informed of actions on his behalf as a condition of his membership in the New York bar.
The suit states that “it 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 president and his White House have continued their usual practice of not addressing the Daniels allegations, though much to their undoubted chagrin, that doesn’t seem to be making them go away.
Still more “winning” from the expert businessman who claims to ably lock horns with other world leaders while being outwitted by the star of “Toxxxic Cumloads 6.”