Donald Trump’s Affair: Inside Stormy Daniels’ Dark Mission to Take Trump Down
What makes the Daniels affair different from the rest and how could this possibly be the affair that dismantles Trump’s presidency? Page 5 may seal Trump’s fate.
1. Daniels wants this more than a fat payday
Daniels is suing Trump in Los Angeles Superior Court in an effort to get her story told, Vox reports. Her suit doesn’t seek monetary damages, but asserts the nondisclosure agreement Trump had Daniels sign is invalid because Trump never signed it. Daniels is already starting to accomplish the goal of getting her story heard because information in the suit is public record.
Next: Daniels’ suit comes under a cloud of suspicion.
2. This is why telling her story is difficult
Daniels originally denied her affair with Trump, according to her “official statement,” TMZ reports. The statement, released January 30, 2018 emphatically stated Daniels never had an affair with Trump. Daniels added she wasn’t denying the affair because she was paid “hush money” but instead “because it never happened.”
Next: The statement was signed but…
3. Here’s the wrinkle with that statement
Although Daniels signed the January 30 statement, her signature looks significantly different than a previously signed document, TMZ notes. Daniels’ rep, Gina Rodriguez told TMZ Daniels signed both documents, but the signatures look nothing alike. Daniels also added she would have no further comment about the affair too.
Next: Daniels says this is why she denied the affair.
4. This is the terrifying reason why she lied
During her appearance on 60 Minutes, Daniels recounted when Trump’s lawyer threatened her if she talked about the affair. Daniels was in a parking lot getting her infant daughter out of the car when a man approached her and said: “Leave Trump alone. Forget the story.” And then he leaned around and looked at my daughter and said, ‘That’s a beautiful little girl. It’d be a shame if something happened to her mom.’” Then he vanished.
Daniels said she was terrified and in 2016 was offered $130,000 by Trump’s attorney, Michael Cohen to stay quiet about the affair, 60 Minutes recounts. The money came from, “a Delaware-based limited liability corporation he had established in mid-October 2016 called essential consultants.”
Next: This piece of evidence may support Daniels’ claim.
5. She may have a smoking gun
There may be a “Monica Lewinski” type dress that contains Trump’s DNA. Alana Evans, adult film actress and Daniels’ friend told CNN, “All I know is that Stormy still has the dress that she wore from that night,” USA Today recounts. “Maybe a keepsake, maybe it’s because it’s actual proof. I can only speculate the things that may be on that dress, especially if it’s never been washed.”
However, Daniels’ attorney Michael Avenatti most recently tweeted, “To address the rumor: We DO NOT have a ‘Monica Lewinsky type’ dress. Thus, there is no dress to be tested for DNA.” Who do you believe?
Next: But attorneys have hinted to this evidence.
6. She may also have images of the affair
A clause in the lawsuit refers to “certain still images and/or text messages which were authored by or related to [Trump],” Vanity Fair reports. Indeed, Daniels’ attorney, Avenatti even cryptically tweeted, “If “a picture is worth a thousand words,” how many words is this worth?????” An image of a CD sits looming in the background.
Next: Why does any of this matter?
7. How Daniels could ultimately take Trump down
Plenty of women discussed affairs with Trump, so what makes Daniels’ assertion so powerful? Beyond the affair, Cohen’s $130,000 payment made on Trump’s behalf “is a coordinated, illegal, in-kind contribution by Cohen for the purpose of influencing the election,” Trevor Potter, president of the Campaign Legal Center told BBC News.
Rep. Ted Lieu sums it up in a tweet,” If this article is true, it shows Cohen coordinated with @realDonaldTrump or his campaign. That makes the $130k payment to Stormy Daniels a felony in violation of federal election law.”
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