This Tuesday, adult film actress Stormy Daniels‘ deadline for President Trump to accept her offer to return the $130,000 in hush money that was allegedly paid to her so she could speak openly has passed. Now, Daniels’ lawyer is warning the President to strap in for a ride.
In a tweet posted this afternoon, Michael Avenatti signaled that he and his client will be ramping up their efforts to get her side of the story out.
“The President and Mr. Cohen have purposely ignored our settlement offer, thus doubling down on their efforts to muzzle Ms. Clifford and prevent her from telling the American people what happened,” he tweeted. “Time to buckle up. #basta”
The President and Mr. Cohen have purposely ignored our settlement offer, thus doubling down on their efforts to muzzle Ms. Clifford and prevent her from telling the American people what happened. Time to buckle up. #basta
— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) March 13, 2018
On Monday, Avenatti addressed a letter to Trump personal lawyer Michael Cohen, offering to pay back the $130,000 payment made to Daniels (whose real name is Stephanie Clifford) that Cohen made back in October of 2016. The payment was in agreement that Daniels would keep quiet about an alleged relationship with Trump that lasted for about a year just after Trump’s wife Melania gave birth to their only son, Barron.
In the letter, Avenatti asks that no action be taken to prevent the airing of an interview Daniels did with 60 Minutes and that she be free to talk and to “publish any materials, such as text messages, photos and/or videos relating to the president that she may have in her possession.”
“[Daniels] wants to be able to tell her story directly to the American people and say what happened with the president, as well as his efforts to silence her,” Avenatti told The Guardian on Monday.
“She wants the people to decide who is shooting straight with them and who is being less than forthcoming. One of the fundamental premises that America was founded on was the right to free speech and that’s very important to her,” he added.
Trump has denied ever having an relationship with Daniels.
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