CBS says work needed be­fore Stormy Daniels in­ter­view airs

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NEW YORK (AP) — The head of CBS News said Tues­day that a “60 Min­utes” in­ter­view with adult film star Stormy Daniels is on its way but that more jour­nal­is­tic work needs to be done on the story.

News Pres­i­dent David Rhodes’ state­ment at a con­fer­ence in Is­rael Tues­day was the first time CBS pub­licly con­firmed it had in­ter­viewed Daniels, who has al­leged an ex­tra­mar­i­tal af­fair with Don­ald Trump be­fore he be­came pres­i­dent. Trump has de­nied this. Michael Ave­natti, lawyer for the ac­tress, whose real name is Stephanie Clif­ford, last week tweeted a pic­ture of him­self, Clif­ford and CBS in­ter­viewer An­der­son Cooper.

No air date has been set for the in­ter­view.

Rhodes, in re­marks re­ported by Va­ri­ety, said he could not imag­ine what the ba­sis would be for any le­gal ac­tion by Trump’s team to pre­vent the in­ter­view from air­ing. Buz­zFeed had re­ported that Trump’s lawyers were con­sid­er­ing seek­ing an in­junc­tion to stop it.

“I haven’t seen such an in­junc­tion, and I can’t imag­ine what the ba­sis for that would be,” Rhodes said. “The en­counter be­tween An­der­son Cooper and (Clif­ford) was ac­com­pa­nied also by con­ver­sa­tions with at­tor­neys, doc­u­ments were pro­vided, and so we have to run all that down be­fore it runs.”

Trump’s at­tor­ney, Michael Co­hen, has not im­me­di­ately re­turned mes­sages for com­ment.

The ac­tress has sought to in­val­i­date a nondis­clo­sure agree­ment un­der which she was paid $130,000 not to give de­tails of her en­coun­ters with Trump. Clif­ford said Mon­day that she has of­fered to re­pay the money as long as she can speak openly about the sit­u­a­tion.

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