The president of the United States of America is being sued by a porn star he allegedly had an affair with, because we live in completely insane times. Stormy Daniels is now suing to tell her side of the story of her relationship with Donald Trump, and, perhaps most importantly, his efforts to cover up that relationship. Trump could be in real legal jeopardy for misusing campaign funds.
13. The suit includes the aliases the two used for their hush agreement:
By design of Mr. Cohen, the Hush Agreement used aliases to refer to Ms. Clifford and Mr. Trump. Specifically, Ms. Clifford was referred to by the alias “Peggy Peterson” or “PP.” Mr. Trump, on the other hand, was referred to by the alias “David Dennison” or “DD.”
Question to Michael Cohen, wouldn't it have made more sense if Stormy was DD and Trump was PP?
— Help Save America – Dump Trump (@poop_weasel) March 8, 2018
12. The complaint spills the details of their affair, including how long it lasted:
“Ms. Clifford began an intimate relationship with Mr. Trump in the Summer of 2006 in Lake Tahoe and continued her relationship with Mr. Trump well into the year 2007. This relationship included, among other things, at least one “meeting” with Mr. Trump in a bungalow at the Beverly Hills Hotel located within Los Angeles County.”
11. The suit alleges Cohen and Trump heard that Daniels was planning to come forward with the affair after the Access Hollywood tapes surfaced and “aggressively” sought to silence her.
After discovering Ms. Clifford’s plans, Mr Trump, with the assistance of his attorney [Michael Cohen], aggressively sought to silence Ms. Clifford as part of an effort to avoid her telling the truth, thus helping ensure he won the Presidential Election. Mr. Cohen subsequently prepared a draft non-disclosure agreement and presented it to Ms. Clifford and her attorney (the “Hush Agreement”).
10. The hush agreement required Trump’s signature, which he didn’t provide, allegedly rendering the agreement null and void.
The agreement…required the signature of all parties to 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.
9. The suit alleges that Trump didn’t sign the agreement on purpose, so he could “publicly disavow any knowledge of the Hush Agreement and Ms. Clifford.”
More evidence then-candidate @realDonaldTrump & Michael Cohen conspired for Cohen to make a $130k in-kind contribution to silence Stormy Daniels. This violates federal election law. Penalty is up to 5 years in prison.
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) March 7, 2018
If true, this could potentially make Trump’s legal problems worse. While there’s no law against paying off a mistress, if the purpose of the agreement was to benefit Trump’s campaign for president then the $130,000 could be considered an unreported in-kind contribution to the campaign, which is illegal under federal election laws.
8. Cohen sent Daniels the money, “even though there was no legal agreement and thus no written nondisclosure agreement whereby Ms. Clifford was restricted from disclosing the truth about Mr. Trump.”
7. The suit also alleges that Cohen intimidated and coerced Daniels into signing a false statement denying the affair in January.
..in January 2018, concerned the truth would be disclosed, Mr. Cohen, through intimidation and coercive tactics, forced Ms. Clifford into signing a false statement wherein she stated that reports of her relationship with Mr. Trump were false.
6. According to the suit, just over a week ago on February 27th, Cohen initiated a private arbitration proceeding against Daniels without notifying her.
Cohen “surreptitiously initiated a bogus arbitration proceeding against Ms. Clifford in Los Angeles. Remarkably, he did so without even providing Ms. Clifford with notice of the proceeding and basic due process.”
This is the arbitration proceeding Sarah Huckabee Sanders seems to have accidentally told the truth about in a White House press briefing. The White House had previously denied Trump had any relationship with Daniels, but Sanders admitted the arbitration happened and that it had been “won in the president’s favor.” Oops! According to reports, Trump was pretty steamed at Sanders for this brief moment of candor.
5. I’m sorry to say that it’s possible there are dick pics.
Prior to entering this Agreement, PP [Stormy] came into possession of certain “Confidential Information” pertaining to DD [Trump]…some of which is in tangible form, which includes, but is not limited to information, certain still images and/or text messages which were authored by or relate to DD.
While I would very much like to get through the next three years without seeing grainy flip-phone pics of the president’s gnarled wang, that possibility becomes increasingly remote with every passing day.
4. Stormy was forced to give up any “tangible property” she had related to Trump.
“any and all artistic media, impressions, paintings, video images, still images, e-mail messages, text messages, Instagram message, Facebook posting or any other type of creation by DD. PP shall transfer all physical, ownership and intellectual property rights to DD.”
3. Stormy was forbidden from talking about Trump, as well as “his children or any alleged children or any of his alleged sexual partners, alleged sexual actions or alleged sexual conduct or related matters.”
NEW: A woman named in Stormy Daniels' NDA as having confidential info about Stormy's affair with Trump — "Angel Ryan" — is Jessica Drake, an adult film performer who herself accused Trump of sexual misconduct.
— MJ Lee (@mj_lee) March 8, 2018
This could potentially cover porn star Jessica Drake who accused Trump of kissing her and other women without their consent and then offering to pay her $10,000 for sex.
2. If she breached the agreement, Daniels had to pay Trump… ONE MILLION DOLLARS.
Oh hell ya. There’s an Austin Powers provision buried in the Story Hush Agreement. If Stormy breaches the agreement she not only has to give up the money she made but pay trump ONE MILLION DOLLARS for each individual breach. pic.twitter.com/Hc9rbBJxaG
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) March 7, 2018
1. What’s also remarkable about the suit is what’s NOT in it—any requests for money.
Stormy Daniels isn’t suing Trump for money. She’s suing to make sure her story is told. https://t.co/zEXx76e5zB
— Vox (@voxdotcom) March 7, 2018
Stormy Daniels wants to tell her side of the story, she’s not asking for a dime from Trump.