Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Porn star offers to return money received from Donald Trump's attorney

Porn star offers to return money received from Donald Trump's attorney

"This has never been about the money", Clifford's lawyer, Michael Avenatti, told NBC News on Monday.

Also Monday, the advocacy group Common Cause named Trump and Cohen in amended complaints to the Federal Election Commission and Justice Department that alleged the payment to Clifford violated campaign finance laws.

Porn star Stormy Daniels, who claims to have had a sexual relationship with Donald Trump over a decade ago, offered yesterday to return the US$130,000 (RM507,390) she received in exchange for agreeing not to discuss the affair, The New York Times reported.

The existence of the agreement was first reported by The Wall Street Journal in January, and Daniels soon began speaking publicly, though not directly about her alleged affair with Trump.

The offer had been made in a letter sent to Donald Trump's lawyer Michael Cohen, who has said he used his own funds to "facilitate" a payment of the same amount to Daniels days before the 2016 election. The group claims it is an illegal campaign contribution because of the size and objective of the payment.

Mr Avenatti gave Mr Trump's lawyer until mid-day on Tuesday to answer the offer from Ms Clifford.

Emails to Avenatti and Cohen seeking comment were not immediately returned.

Colbert pointed out that the letter added that Daniels would be free to "use and publish any text messages, photos and/or videos relating to the President that she may have in her possession".

The offer expires Friday, after which it "shall automatically be deemed withdrawn in its entirety and shall be null and void".

And it would require the agreement be signed by all parties, including the president, who did not put his name to the previous nondisclosure deal. And now, it appears that the porn actor and her attorney have outmaneuvered the White House by giving Trump a new deadline to take action.

Both Cohen and the White House have denied any sexual encounter between the President and Clifford. Last week, Daniels filed a lawsuit claiming that the hush agreement should be declared void because Trump didn't sign it.

But Clifford says only she and Cohen signed the agreement on October 28, 2016, Cohen on behalf of Essential Consultants. Avenatti had told CNN last week that Clifford would "absolutely" pay back the $130,000 if she was allowed to speak about the alleged affair.

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