The Washington Post is reporting today that just weeks before the 2016 presidential election, Donald Trump’s lawyer nearly screwed the pooch on paying a porn star to stay silent about her alleged affair with then-candidate Trump.
Having missed a critical deadline for paying off Stormy Daniels, she was threatening to go public about the affair.
In an Oct. 17 email, an attorney for Daniels — a porn star whose real name is Stephanie Clifford — threatened to cancel the nondisclosure agreement by the end of the day.
That very morning, Trump’s attorney, Michael Cohen, had created a limited liability company, public records show, that ultimately would serve as a vehicle for Daniels’s payoff. But the money had not arrived. A second email to Cohen, a short time after the first, said Daniels was calling the deal off.
“Please be advised that my client deems her settlement agreement canceled and void,” Daniels’s lawyer, Keith Davidson, wrote in the email, which The Washington Post obtained.
Ten days later, the $130,000 payment arrived, according to another email reviewed by The Post. Daniels’s story about her sexual encounter with Trump a decade earlier would remain under wraps long past Election Day.
The payment to Daniels was made just 12 days before the election.
Progressive research group American Bridge and Common Cause, a government watchdog group, have both filed complaints with the Federal Election Commission arguing the payment was meant to influence the Nov. 8 election and therefore violated campaign finance law.