The ongoing legal battle between adult entertainer Stormy Daniels and President Trump continues: Daniels is now offering to return the $130,000 hush payment she was offered in exchange for her freedom to discuss the affair she alleges having had with the married real estate mogul-turned-politician, according to the New York Times.
In a letter sent to Trump's lawyer, Michael Cohen, Daniels has offered to wire the money to an account of Trump's choosing. Daniels' lawyer, Michael Avenatti, has given the deal a deadline of March 13 at noon. Daniels is hoping that her mandated silence will be deemed "null and void" if she returns the payment.
More specifically, the letter asks for Daniels to be able to “(a) speak openly and freely about her prior relationship with the President and the attempts to silence her and (b) use and 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/or legal liability for damages.”
The letter also asks for Trump to not attempt to block the release of a taped "60 Minutes" interview. The details of Trump's potential legal action against "60 Minutes" were detailed in a Buzzfeed report.
“We understand from well-placed sources they are preparing to file for a legal injunction to prevent it from airing, said an unnamed source, according to Buzzfeed.
Neither Cohen nor Trump have offered a statement on the most recent request. Avenatti has discussed the offer in a statement.
“As we have always said, this is about a search for the truth and the ability of Ms. Clifford to tell the American people what really happened so they can make their own determination,’’ Avenatti said according to the New York Times. “Our offer proves this out.”
The Times notes that should Cohen and Trump reject the offer, they would essentially be admitting that they have been attempting to keep Daniels quiet
Daniels has been looking to have her agreement with Cohen deemed null and void by courts after discovering the deal had never actually been signed by Trump himself. Avenatti has specified that this latest offer should be signed by all parties, including by the President.
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