Stormy Daniels offers to return Trump affair hush money

Stormy Daniels offers to return Trump affair hush money

According to the New York Times, Stephanie Clifford, who goes by Stormy Daniels professionally, would return the money so that she could speak openly about the alleged affair, Trump's attempts to keep her quiet and use and publish any "text messages, photos, and/or videos relating to the President that she may have in her possession," without legal outcome.

The affair allegedly ran from the summer of 2006 to early 2007.

Daniels would also be allowed to "publish any text messages, photos and/or videos relating to the President that she may have in her possession, all without fear of retribution and legal liability for damages", it said.

Avenatti's letter promised to "pay $130,000 to President Trump by wire transfer", by Friday, March 16, in exchange for a nullification of the non-disclosure agreement she signed before the 2016 presidential election.

The offer to return the money was made in a letter from Daniels' lawyer.

"Our aim and our messaging is very simple: We're going to shoot straight, we're going to provide evidence and facts, and we are going to consistently advocate for the American people being able to make their own decisions as to who's telling the truth and who's lying to them", assures Avenatti.

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A remittance, her lawyers propose, would invalidate the "hush agreement" she reached with Trump attorney Michael Cohen, permitting her to speak publicly about her relationship with the president.

Last week, Avenatti teased a forthcoming 60 Minutes tell-all interview with Daniels, prompting Cohen to go on a whirlwind media tour in which he revealed-in between calling the story a "fake dossier"-like fabrication from the "liberal mainstream media"-that he rustled up the money in question by drawing on his home equity line of credit".

Trump did not sign the agreement where it said 'David Dennison'.

Avenatti said Cohen has until noon on Tuesday to respond to the offer, which, if accepted, would deem Clifford's silence as "null and void" once she returned the cash.

The Times points out that Avenatti's offer puts Trump and Cohen in a bind: If they reject it, it could "be seen as effectively acknowledging the existence of a continuing effort to keep Ms. Clifford silent about an affair that Mr. Cohen and the president say did not happen".

You can read the entire report in the New York Times here.

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