From NBC News:
Adult film star Stormy Daniels is offering to give back the $130,000 she was paid for her silence so she can speak freely about President Donald Trump and release any text messages, photos and videos she might have.
The actress, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, made the offer Monday in a letter to Trump’s private attorney Michael Cohen, who brokered a nondisclosure agreement with her shortly before the 2016 presidential election.
The letter, which was first reported by the New York Times, says the money would be wired to an account designated by Trump by Friday. In return, Clifford would be allowed to “speak openly and freely about her prior relationship with the president and the attempts to silence her and use and publish and text messages, photos and videos relating to the president that she may have in her possession, all without fear of retribution or legal liability,” the letter says.
“This has never been about the money,” Clifford’s lawyer, Michael Avenatti, told NBC News on Monday. “It has always been about Ms. Clifford being allowed to tell the truth. The American people should be permitted to judge for themselves who is shooting straight with them and who is misleading them. Our offer seeks to allow this to happen.”
This is all kind of ingenious on Avenatti’s part. If Trump has nothing to hide, why not let Daniels tell her side of whatever story there is?
Avenatti recently tweeted a photo of himself with his client and Anderson Cooper. Cooper has recently interviewed Daniels and there are reports Michael Cohen may seek to block the airing of the interview.
Stormy teased on Twitter that she’d like to deliver the cash herself “gangsta style” in a private jet:
I have toyed with delivering it gangsta style via private jet and cash in a gold suitcase. Alas I don’t have a jet or gold suitcase. Suddenly I feel the urge to start rocking a giant diamond lightning bolt on a chain. (I’m kidding…mostly) https://t.co/E7lFIz3jWe
— Stormy Daniels (@StormyDaniels) March 12, 2018
If Trump lawyer Micahel Cohen refuses Stormy Daniels offer to return $130,000 and tell her story, “What are they afraid of?”- says her lawyer @MicahelAvenatti
“They can run, they can hide… but we’re not going home” pic.twitter.com/l2zy6HUtkj
— TheBeat w/Ari Melber (@TheBeatWithAri) March 12, 2018