A porn star, whose legal name is Stephanie Clifford, just declared that she is ready to talk about the much discussed 2006 extramarital sexual encounter with the president now that Michael Cohen, the president’s personal attorney, has confirmed that he paid her $130,000 to not discuss the allegations publicly.
Cohen, who spent years spearheading the legal team at the Trump Organization, has in the past branded himself as the president’s “fix-it guy.”
A lawyer for Clifford noted that Cohen violated their nondisclosure agreement and that she is now preparing to tell the story in full. “Everything is off now and Stormy is going to tell her story,” said Gina Rodriguez, an attorney for Clifford.
Clifford’s allegations bring unwanted controversy to the Trump’s private life, and could also lead to legal ramifications.
A liberal watchdog group has filed several complaints with the Department of Justice and the Federal Election Commission stated that that Cohen’s payment to Clifford runs afoul of campaign finance laws, although GOP lawyers in disagreement over the claims.
It’s another political scandal for the White House at a time when the administration is already dealing with the enduring controversy over a senior aide who resigned amid accusations that he abused his ex-wives.
Republicans are concerned that the White House’s failed response to that controversy will further dimished their standing with women ahead of the 2018 midterm elections.
“It’s one more example of Trump disrespecting women, both his wife and the woman he had an affair with and then tried to buy her silence,” said Jennifer Lawless, who leads American University’s Women & Politics Institute.
“Trump’s level of support among women voters has gone down and these issues have a lot to do with it. But more importantly for Republicans, it drives up Democratic turnout that leads to the kinds of outcomes we saw recently in Virginia.”