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Legum writes: "The adult film star will not be silenced."

Stormy Daniels. (photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Stormy Daniels. (photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Stormy Daniels Goes Nuclear on Trump, Reveals Agreement With Trump Pseudonym

By Judd Legum, ThinkProgress

07 March 18

The adult film star will not be silenced.

tormy Daniels is not going away quietly.

In a new lawsuit filed in a California court, the adult film star, whose legal name is Stephanie Clifford, claims her agreement with Donald Trump to keep their alleged affair secret is not binding because Trump never signed it. The lawsuit provides embarrassing new details about the nature of her relationship with Trump and the elaborate effort to keep it under wraps.

Attached to Daniels’ new lawsuit is the full “Hush Agreement” between Daniels, Trump, and a shell company created by Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen. The agreement refers to Daniels and Trump by special pseudonyms — Trump goes by David Dennison and Daniels by Peggy Peterson. Daniels also attached the “Side Letter Agreement” between the parties to the lawsuit, which discloses the true identities of the pseudonyms.

Daniels is not seeking any money, but declaratory relief from efforts by Cohen to force the dispute into a secret arbitration process.

David Dennison, notably, did not sign the agreement.


The explicit inclusion of Trump in the agreement undermines Cohen’s earlier effort, however implausible, to depict the agreement with Daniels as something he did on his own. It will also make it more difficult for Trump to avoid answering questions about the alleged affair.

The lawsuit effectively puts Trump in an impossible position: He either has to argue that his agreement to pay hush money to an adult film star is a legally enforceable contract or say there is no contract and she is free to talk about whatever she wants.

Regardless of the merits, the lawsuit is a problem for Trump as it exposes new information, not only about the alleged affair but the ongoing effort to covered it up — an effort that continued long into Trump’s presidency.

Daniels says Trump paid for her silence to help his campaign

The purpose of the payment is important: If it was primarily to help his campaign, the failure to report the payment would potentially violate campaign finance law. Former President candidate John Edwards was charged, although not convicted, for similar behavior.


At least four other people were told about Daniels’ alleged affair with Trump

The “Hush Agreement” prevented Daniels from talking about her relationship with Trump, but it acknowledges that she has already told at least four people.


Daniels apparently had photos and other evidence of her alleged affair with Trump

The “Hush Agreement” required her to turn over photos, texts, and other materials related to the alleged affair with Trump.


She agreed to turn over this “Confidential Information” as part of the agreement, which includes evidence and information about sexual activity and “his children or any alleged children.”


Daniels alleges Cohen coerced her into signing a false statement

The new lawsuit covers activity that occurred this year. It’s unclear what role, if any, Trump had in directing Cohen’s activity.

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+43 # indian weaving 2018-03-07 16:59
I wonder if Melania is staying at the White House, and if she and her despicable liar husband ever talk to each other anymore. I'm happy to know that marital bliss is non-existent in that marriage, in any case. And I'm very happy that this publicly announced lawsuit is going to make Trump's life worse, the best news of all.
+28 # DongiC 2018-03-07 21:54
President Trump is looking more and more like a most unsavory character. What a role model for the youth of America: a liar, a cheat, a braggert, a traitor, an instigator, a philanderer, a war monger, a hypocrite, an enemy of the environment, a man who puts himself above party and party above country, an individual you would never allow into the country even to visit. Come on now, would you rather have the lowliest immigrant or Donald T. Trump. Be honest!
+26 # HenryS1 2018-03-08 00:07
Who knows? Marital bliss probably never existed there, but non-disclosure agreements and pre-nups almost certainly did.

Melania is likely to be more ensnarled in legal gag orders than anyone. I hope she finds her own voice and comes out OK.

I'm sure she is weighing money and prestige on one side, and integrity and self-esteem on the other. Hard choices.
+32 # janie1893 2018-03-08 01:37
Would it not be wildly ironic if the man who is the greatest threat to world peace and a known liar and criminal is, in the end, brought low by a hooker? You go girl!!!
-39 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2018-03-08 07:03
All of this is following the process set by Ken Starr in his persecution of Bill Clinton. It is not relevant to anything. Very many powerful men are adulterous. We all know that.

If there are women who were sexually assaulted by Trump, then they should file lawsuits as in this case. If Trump is guilty, he should pay or something. But still this is irrelevant. It is just a smear campaign. Is David Brock standing behind Stormy Daniels. Yes, he is. His organization has been working with her and promoting her case.

I don't think we should care about this.
+19 # ER444 2018-03-08 14:14
For someone who doesn't care you sure write a lot about him. I am looking forward to a thorough cleansing of the White House, and I care.
+9 # lfeuille 2018-03-08 20:28
I don't really care about what he did with a porn star but Trump obviously does or he wouldn't have gone to such ridiculous lengths to keep it secret. This may not be illegal, but it certainly is slimy. It is another example of how the rich use the legal system to intimidate and bully everyone else. It really takes gall to try to enforce an legal agreement he didn't even bother to sign. I think Stormy is right here. The agreement is invalid. Let her tell her story. If he loses support over it, so be it.
+7 # lfeuille 2018-03-08 20:34
That's all Starr had. In this case Mueller doesn't even have time to bother with it, there is so much else to investigate. This belongs only in the court of public opinion. Trump should not get to dictate what the public gets to know about him. The moron should have signed the agreement if he expected to be able to enforce it. The arrogance is breathtaking.
+15 # MPCicerchi 2018-03-08 09:09
You are right. We shouldn’t care about this and I don’t. It is just more testimony to the character of this man. He must have been dirty at conception. It lends credence to every accusation of treason, foul play, bribery, collusion, and obstruction that he lumps together as “fake news”. He would throw his grandmother under the bus if he thought it would make him a buck. Just writing about him makes me want to go take a shower.
+9 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2018-03-08 14:49
MPC -- yes, he is a scum. We've known that since the 80s, but he got elected because all of American politics is going into the sewer, and it is populated by people like him. Pointing it out does not help to fix it

We need to build a party committed to the principles of honesty and democratic socialism. Sanders is a good role model but there are others, too.
+3 # Aliazer 2018-03-08 14:41
Among thieves, politicians, whores and prostitutes there is no honor or shame!!!

It is only a sordid story belonging to "black" chronicles!!

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