According to The New York Times, Stormy Daniels is ready to pay President Donald Trump back the $130,000 she received as part of a nondisclosure agreement related to an alleged affair she had with Trump in exchange for the freedom to speak about the experience.
Daniels’s lawyer, Michael Avenatti, wrote a letter to Trump lawyer Michael Cohen, explaining that Daniels would wire money into an account of Trump’s choosing. In return, the nondisclosure agreement between Trump and Daniels would then be void.
Avenatti said, “The American people should be permitted to judge for themselves who is shooting straight with them and who is misleading them. Our offer seeks to allow this to happen.”
Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, alleges she had an affair with Trump more than a decade ago. Trump’s longtime personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, acknowledged he paid Daniels $130,000 just before the 2016 presidential election, but denied the payment violated campaign finance laws.
Clifford has since filed a lawsuit alleging the nondisclosure agreement is invalid because Trump never signed it. She recently recorded an interview with “60 Minutes,” but Trump’s lawyers are reportedly trying to stop it from airing.
Avenatti’s proposal to Cohen requires the signatures of “all parties,” including the president, The New York Times reported.
The offer also calls on Cohen and Trump to agree not to block Clifford’s interview with “60 Minutes.”
The White House and Cohen have denied the affair ever took place. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said during a briefing last week that, to the best of her knowledge, Trump was unaware of Cohen’s reported $130,000 payment to Clifford’s.