Politics As ‘60 Minutes’ Prepares Stormy Daniels Interview, Lawyers Battle
Trump lawyer complained he wasn't reimbursed for Stormy Daniels payment: report
President Trump's lawyer complained to friends following the 2016 election that he had not been reimbursed for his payment to adult film star Stormy Daniels, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday. Michael Cohen paid Daniels, whose legal name is Stephanie Clifford, $130,000 as part of a nondisclosure agreement that ensured she would not speak about an alleged 2006 affair with Trump.Cohen last month acknowledged that he made the payment, and denied it violated any campaign finance laws.
The CBS News program “60 Minutes” was moving forward with plans to show an interview it conducted last week with the pornographic film actress who says she had an affair with Donald J. Trump as her lawyer and a lawyer for the president traded public jabs through the weekend over her right to speak.
The porn star, Stephanie Clifford, spoke with the “60 Minutes” contributor Anderson Cooper late last week. She did so despite an arbitrator’s ruling reaffirming an agreement she reached with Mr. Trump in October 2016 to remain silent about their alleged relationship —started in 2006 and lasted several months — in exchange for $130,000.
Trump upset with Sanders over Stormy Daniels response
President Donald Trump is upset with White House press secretary Sarah Sanders over her responses Wednesday regarding his alleged affair with porn star Stormy Daniels, a source close to the White House tells CNN. Daniels, whose legal name is Stephanie Clifford, filed suit against Trump this week alleging he hadn't signed a nondisclosure agreement that would have prevented her from discussing their alleged sexual affair.On Wednesday, Sanders told reporters that the arbitration was won "in the President's favor." The statement is an admission that the nondisclosure agreement exists, and that it directly involves the President.
The “60 Minutes” interview raised thethat , would seek an injunction stopping CBS from airing the segment, which does not yet have a scheduled broadcast date. But as of Sunday night CBS had not received any legal threat. Mr. Cohen did not immediately respond to questions on Sunday.
With the “60 Minutes” interview and a series of tweets from Ms. Clifford’s lawyer, Michael Avenatti, taunting Mr. Cohen last week, the actress and her lawyer were pursuing an aggressive strategy to pressure the president. Their goal: releasing Ms. Clifford, who goes by the stage name Stormy Daniels, from her agreement.
In an interview on Sunday, Mr. Avenatti indicated that the publicity blitz was not likely to let up any time soon, ensuring that the storywould continue to churn.
Stormy Daniels records ‘60 Minutes’ interview
The former adult film actress will appear on “60 Minutes” on a future date.A source familiar with the program told The Hill that Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, will appear on "60 Minutes" on a future date but won't be on the program this coming Sunday.
“Our aim and our messaging is very simple: We’re going to shoot straight, we’re going to provide evidence and facts, and we are going to consistently advocate for the American people being able to make their own decisions as to who’s telling the truth and who’s lying to them,” Mr. Avenatti said. “She wants a forum to tell her version of events and let the chips fall where they may.”
The campaign was not without its risks, legal and otherwise. Mr. Avenatti said he was assigning 24-hour security to Ms. Clifford after a car tailed her after a dance performance at a Florida strip club this weekend.
He first hinted that there was a “60 Minutes” interview himself on Thursday, when he postedfeaturing a photograph of him, Ms. Clifford and Mr. Cooper without comment.
Mr. Avenatti has made adroit use of the news mediafor his Los Angeles-area practice. “Michael often works closely with the press and media,” his website reports. It cites cases he has brought against the , Paris Hilton and , as well as previous appearances on “60 Minutes.” (One involved a case against and Halyard Health for claims their surgical gowns protected against Ebola and other diseases in which he fraud verdict last year; the other involved by .)
Trump lawyers want to stop ’60 Minutes’ from airing Stormy Daniels interview: report
President Trump's lawyers are looking at options to stop CBS's "60 Minutes" from airing an interview with adult film star Stormy Daniels, who allegedly had an affair with Trump in 2006, according to BuzzFeed News. "We understand from well-placed sources they are preparing to file for a legal injunction to prevent it from airing," a source told BuzzFeed on Saturday.Daniels' lawyer Michael Avenatti shared the Buzzfeed report on Twitter.Trump's attorney Michael Cohen referred Buzzfeed's questions to his own attorney, who did not confirm the report.The Hill has reached out to the White House and CBS News for comment.
Ms. Clifford hired Mr. Avenatti a couple of weeks ago. (She was previously represented by another California attorney, Keith Davidson.) Within days Mr. Avenatti prepared to challenge the deal — which stipulated that disagreements would be argued in secret before a confidential arbitrator — arguing it was not valid because Mr. Trump did not sign it. (In an interview on Sunday Mr. Avenatti pointed to a clause that said the agreement was “valid and binding” when “signed by all parties.”)
A suit that Mr. Avenatti filed on Tuesday evening in Los Angeles County Superior Court included a nugget of news: Mr. Trump’s lawyer had initiated “a bogus arbitration proceeding” against Ms. Clifford to “shut her up.”
That appeared to force an error at the White House the next day, when the president’s press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who had been avoiding engagement in Ms. Clifford’s story, said that an arbitration proceeding “was won in the president’s favor.” Thatthat Mr. Cohen had acquired a temporary restraining order against Ms. Clifford in late February.
Trump Organization lawyer worked on Stormy Daniels nondisclosure case
<p>A lawyer at the Trump Organization was involved in the legal efforts to try and stop adult film star Stormy Daniels from speaking out about an alleged affair with President Trump.</p>Jill A. Martin, an attorney for the Trump Organization, is listed as a counsel in legal documents for an arbitration demand by a company created by Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen, the Wall Street Journal first reported Wednesday.
Mr. Avenatti has been a regular presence on television, arguing that the restraining order and the original deal are both legally flawed, and making allegations aimed at undermining Mr. Cohen and Mr. Trump.
For instance, on Friday, Mr. Avenatti shared withand then ABC News that Mr. Cohen had conducted some negotiations with Ms. Clifford in 2016 on his Trump Organization email account. That, Mr. Avenatti told NBC, was at variance with that neither the Trump Organization nor the Trump campaign were “party to” the agreement with Ms. Clifford. Mr. Avenatti also suggested that the email cast doubt on Mr. Cohen’s assertion that he paid Ms. Clifford out of his own pocket.
Whether Mr. Trump ever reimbursed Mr. Cohen, and the extent to which he struck the deal in consultation with Mr. Trump,the watchdog group Common Cause has made to the Federal Election Commission and the Justice Department alleging that the payment was an illegal campaign contribution.
After Mr. Avenatti’s comments, Mr. Cohen broke his relative silence about the case bythat he drew on his own home equity line of credit to secure the $130,000 for Ms. Clifford. as saying, “Mr. Avenatti’s actions and behavior has been both reckless and imprudent as it opens Ms. Clifford to substantial monetary liability, which I intend to pursue.”
Mr. Avenattion Saturday taunting Mr. Cohen by asking on whose behalf he would pursue the financial penalty, given the absence of Mr. Trump’s signature on the October contract.
This time, Mr. Cohen did not respond.
But Mr. Cohen’s most important next moves may be his response to Ms. Clifford’s suit, as well as any action he may take to try to block “60 Minutes,” which could create a major First Amendment standoff. CBS had no comment on Sunday.
A person familiar with the network’s preparations said that “60 Minutes” had not received notice of a legal action in relation to the interview with Ms. Clifford. Producers at “60 Minutes” are preparing the segment, a process that often includes a legal review and fact-checking.
CBS plans to run Stormy Daniels’s ’60 Minutes’ interview March 25, says it has had no legal threat from Trump Organization lawyers .
The segment is slated to run later this month, according to people involved in the show. Networks go to great lengths to secure interviews like this — with its promise of salacious new insights into an alleged affair between a president and a porn star, set against the roiling #MeToo movement — and promote them […]Since filing suit on Daniels’s behalf, attorney Michael Avenatti has been seeking to release her from her confidentiality agreement and has become a regular presence on air.
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