‘Stormy is go­ing to tell her story’

Trump lawyer might have breached deal

Edmonton Journal - - WORLD - Jake Pear­son and Jeff Hor­witz

NEW YORK • Stormy Daniels, the porn star whom Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s per­sonal at­tor­ney ac­knowl­edged pay­ing US$130,000 just be­fore Elec­tion Day, be­lieves she is now free to dis­cuss her al­leged sex­ual en­counter with Trump, her man­ager told The As­so­ci­ated Press Wed­nes­day.

Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clif­ford, be­lieves that Trump at­tor­ney Michael Co­hen in­val­i­dated a non-dis­clo­sure agree­ment after two news sto­ries were pub­lished Tues­day: One, in which Co­hen told The New York Times that he made the six-fig­ure pay­ment with his per­sonal funds, and an­other in the Daily Beast, which re­ported that Co­hen was shop­ping a book pro­posal that would touch on Daniels’s story, said the man­ager, Gina Ro­driguez.

“Ev­ery­thing is off now, and Stormy is go­ing to tell her story,” Ro­driguez said.

Daniels first de­tailed her ac­count of an al­leged ex­tra­mar­i­tal af­fair with Trump in 2011, when the celebrity web­site The Dirty pub­lished it but then re­moved the ma­te­rial un­der the threat of a law­suit, ac­cord­ing to the site’s founder, Nik Richie.

Her story then re­mained largely out of pub­lic view un­til a month be­fore the 2016 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion, when the web­site The Smok­ing Gun pub­lished an ac­count that went mostly un­no­ticed by ma­jor news or­ga­ni­za­tions.

In Jan­uary, The Wall Street Jour­nal re­ported that a limited li­a­bil­ity com­pany in Delaware formed by Co­hen made the six-fig­ure pay­ment to Daniels to keep her from dis­cussing the af­fair dur­ing the pres­i­den­tial cam­paign.

Co­hen said Tues­day the pay­ment was made with his own money, and that “nei­ther the Trump Or­ga­ni­za­tion nor the Trump cam­paign was a party to the trans­ac­tion with Ms. Clif­ford, and nei­ther re­im­bursed me for the pay­ment, ei­ther di­rectly or in­di­rectly.”

A cam­paign fi­nance ad­vo­cacy group, Com­mon Cause, had com­plained about the pay­ment to the Fed­eral Elec­tion Com­mis­sion, which is in­ves­ti­gat­ing.

A White House spokes­woman re­ferred all ques­tions about the pay­ment to Co­hen.

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