Arthur J. Villasanta – Fourth Estate Contributor
Washington, DC, United States (4E) – Porn star Stormy Daniels, with whom Donald Trump had an affair over a period of six years despite being married to Melania, has sued Trump and his attorney Michael Cohen. She alleges both men “aggressively sought to silence” her when she planned to make her story about the affair public in late 2016.
Trump first hooked-up with Daniels in 2006 right after Trump’s wife, Melania, gave birth to their son, Barron. The porn star described sex with Trump as boring.
“(The sex) was textbook generic,” said Daniels. It “was nothing crazy. It was one position, what you would expect someone his age to do.” Trump was 60 at the time and overweight.
She said she met Trump met at a celebrity golf tournament in Nevada in 2006. Trump was married to Melania, who gave birth to their son three months previously. Daniels posted a photo of herself smiling next to a smiling Trump on her Myspace page in July 2006.
In her lawsuit filed Feb. 5, Daniels said she was presented with a “Hush Agreement” in which she was given the alias “Peggy Peterson” or “PP” while Trump was referred to as “David Dennison” or “DD.”
“Importantly, the Hush Agreement imposed various conditions and obligations not only on Ms. Clifford (Daniels’ real name is Stephanie Clifford), but also on Mr. Trump. The agreement also required the signature of all parties in the agreement, including that of Mr. Trump.
“Moreover, as is customary, it was widely understood at all times that unless all of the parties signed the documents as required, the Hush Agreement, together with all of its terms and conditions, was null and void.”
The lawsuit says that days before the election, Daniels and Cohen signed the agreement, but Trump didn’t.
“On information and belief, despite having detailed knowledge of the Hush Agreement and its terms, including the proposed payment of monies to Ms. Clifford … Mr. Trump purposely did not sign the agreement so he could later, if need be, publicly disavow any knowledge of the Hush Agreement and Ms. Clifford.”
The suit says that despite the lack of Trump’s signature, $130,000 was wired to Daniels. Cohen has consistently stated he paid the amount on behalf of Trump.
Cohen alleges the payment was made from his personal funds, and that the Trump campaign and the Trump Organization were not parties to the transaction. But Cohen has apparently turned against Trump. Sources close to him said Cohen is loudly complaining about Trump nor reimbursing him for the money he paid Daniels.
News of Cohen’s payment to Daniels has prompted legal scrutiny. Common Cause, a watchdog group based in Washington, D.C., is calling for investigations from the Department of Justice and Federal Election Commission into whether the payment violated campaign finance laws.
Common Cause has filed a complaint saying that if the payment to Clifford was made to influence the presidential election of 2016, it would be an undisclosed “in-kind” contribution to the campaign. If this donation didn’t come from Trump personally, it still violates not the disclosure rules and also the donation limit.
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