The 7 most interesting aspects of Stormy Daniels’s lawsuit against Trump
Today the White House through Sarah Huckabee-Sanders, confirmed via a lie that this is a VERY TRUE story and that she was paid to SHUT UP!
Porn star Stormy Daniels is suing President Trump, arguing that her hush-money arrangement to not talk about an alleged affair with him is null and void because Trump never signed it.
The lawsuit represents the latest development in an increasingly troubling situation for the White House. First it was reported that Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, paid Daniels $130,000. Then Cohen confirmed it in a carefully worded statement saying that the Trump Organization and campaign weren’t involved — but conspicuously did not rule out Trump’s involvement. Then this week, the Wall Street Journal reported that Cohen had complained in the past about not being able to reach Trump during the process and not being reimbursed — both suggesting that Trump was indeed involved. That could open Trump up to legal jeopardy.
Exactly how likely Daniels’s lawsuit is to succeed is a major question. If she does prevail, it could free her up to talk about the (alleged) affair. But if nothing else, the lawsuit itself serves as confirmation of key details.
The full lawsuit is 28 pages and includes the alleged nondisclosure agreement. Below, I’ve isolated the key parts. (Note that the lawsuit refers to Daniels by her real name, Stephanie Clifford.)
“2. Defendant Donald J. Trump a.k.a. David Dennison (‘Mr. Trump’), an individual, is a resident of the District of Columbia (among other places). …
“18. By design of Mr. Cohen, the Hush Agreement used aliases to refer to Ms. Clifford and Mr. Trump. Specifically, Ms. Clifford was referred to by the alias ‘Peggy Peterson’ or ‘PP.’ Mr. Trump, on the other hand, was referred to by the alias ‘David Dennison’ or ‘DD.’ ”
And the “Carlos Danger” saga all comes rushing back. Expect plenty of “David Dennison” jokes going forward.
The aliases were used in the nondisclosure agreement to protect the parties involved. The people to whom they referred were identified in another document attached to Daniels’s lawsuit, although Dennison’s real name is redacted in it.
“9. Ms. Clifford began an intimate relationship with Mr. Trump in the Summer of 2006 in Lake Tahoe and continued her relationship with Mr. Trump well into the year 2007. This relationship included, among other things, at least one ‘meeting’ with Mr. Trump in a bungalow at the Beverly Hills Hotel located within Los Angeles County.”
In some ways, this lawsuit seems to be a way for Daniels to put her side of the story into the public record without directly telling it. Here, she confirms details about the alleged affair that she previously shared with InTouch magazine in a 2011 interview that wasn’t published until recently.
Introducing Trump’s newest alleged alias: David Dennison. Continue Reading