When Donald Trump wants to deny the veracity of a story, he usually takes to Twitter. So far, he’s tweeted that the investigation into his campaign’s alleged collusion with Russian government operatives is a “witch hunt,” that reports of chaos in his administration is “fake news,” and that even reports of low attendance at his inauguration rally were “lies.”
One very damaging story that Trump has not tweeted about or even denied personally, however, is the story of Stormy Daniels (aka Stephanie Clifford), the adult film actress who claims that she had an affair with Trump during the time that his wife was recovering from the birth of the couple’s child and that she has received physical threats warning her not to speak publicly about that affair. While the White House has denied the claim, Trump himself has made no public statement about it.
Clifford’s attorney, Michael Avenatti, tweeted ahead of his client’s much-anticipated interview on 60 Minutes, set to air Sunday night at 7 PM EST, taunting the short-tempered president whose personal life is about to be exposed with evidence that may not be able to be refuted.
Note: (a) not all of our evidence will be mentioned/displayed tonight – that would be foolish; (b) we are not sure what CBS will include but we know a lot from the full interview will have to be cut bc of the time allowed; (c) tonight is not the end – it’s the beginning. #basta
— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) March 25, 2018
So far, it doesn’t seem as though there is much Trump can say. The fact that the non-disclosure agreement exists, which has already been acknowledged as Trump’s attorney sued on his behalf to have legally upheld, means that the president cannot deny that an affair happened. No one pays a woman $130,000 to remain silent about an affair that never happened. The evidence that may be presented tonight will be geared more toward showing illegal intimidation tactics that Clifford and her lawyer insist have been used by Trump’s attorney and approved by the president himself.
CBS News reports that:
‘The 60 Minutes segment will include an examination of the potential legal and political ramifications of the $130,000 payment that Mr. Trump’s attorney Michael Cohen says he made to Daniels using his own funds. Daniels accepted the money in return for signing a confidentiality agreement.’
That evidence was teased by Avenatti in an earlier tweet in a picture of a computer disc inside a safe. What pieces of evidence will be presented on air remains to be seen, but any evidence that a current president of the United States is approving the use of illegal intimidation to keep his sins private may have far-reaching consequences.
Twitter was in full support of the evidence coming out, and they let Avenatti know they’re behind him and his client.
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