Eli Ridder | The Avro Post

Adult film star Stephanie Clifford, known as Stormy Daniels, said during an anticipated interview on Sunday night that she was threatened to keep quiet over an alleged affair with United States President Donald Trump in 2006.

In an interview with Anderson Cooper on CBS News, she said a man had approached her in a Las Vegas car park in 2011, telling her to “leave Trump alone” before looking at her daughter and saying “it’d be a shame if something happened to her mom.”

Ms. Clifford said she had consensual, unprotected sex with Mr. Trump once in July 2005, about a year after the future president married current wife Melania.

Trump has previously denied having an affair with the porn star and actress, with White House officially standing by the president’s word.

She said that she was paid $130,000 USD by Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen just days before the 2016 presidential election.

The president’s lawyers are seeking $20 million USD in damages from Clifford, accusing her of breaking a non-disclosed deal signed previous to the election, a charge she claims is invalid due to Trump not signing the legal document.

Daniels made it very clear that the sex she had with Trump was consensual, saying she was not a victim despite not being attracted to him.

Cooper is an occasional correspondent for CBS 60 Minutes, a show with a history of dramatic interviews.


Analysis: What matters?

The major detail coming out of the 60 Minutes interview was that Stephanie Clifford was approached by a man threatening her over the story she wrote for InTouch Magazine about the affair that was never published until just recently.

Unlike many other details such as the alleged “hush money” and the affair itself, this detail was not known previous to the interview.

This was the first in-depth interview Daniels has carried out on television, while the courts are still examining whether she is allowed to tell her story.

Analysts say that one place wher ethe law could be broken is over illegal campaign spending on the part of Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, who has said he paid Clifford money out of his own pocket.

“[It] comes down to campaign finance violations, if he was to make that $130,000 contribution to…Daniels…with the hope of trying to make an in-kind contribution to [Trump]…that’s a violation of the law,” said CNN Legal Analyst Laura Coates.


More details to follow. Image of the interview from The Independent. 

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Written by Eli Ridder

Eli Ridder is a journalism student at the University of Guelph-Humber and a senior correspondent for multiple independent publications including, but not limited to, The Anon Journal, Berning Media Network and the Ribbon. Find out more at eliridder.ca

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