CBS says work needed on before Stormy Daniels interview airs

Erika Holt
March 14, 2018

The president of CBS News says a "60 Minutes" interview Stephanie Clifford, the adult film star known as Stormy Daniels who alleges she had an affair with President Trump, is very much in the works and will air soon, despite reports of legal threats from Mr. Trump's lawyer. Trump has denied he had an affair with Clifford.

While Daniels' lawyer has said Trump knew about the payment and had a sexual relationship with the actress (which the actress herself previously denied), Daniels has not explicitly spoken out about the alleged affair outside of the lawsuit filings. Clifford said Monday that she has offered to repay the money as long as she can speak openly about the situation. It was the first time the White House had admitted the President was involved in any way with Clifford.

Clifford in turn sued Trump for the right to speak about the "intimate relationship" she claims they had, saying he never signed the agreement to keep her quiet. The statement is an admission that the nondisclosure agreement exists and that it directly involves Trump.

He contended Daniels always meant to remain silent, until Trump's lawyer, Michael Cohen, began giving interviews and bringing the matter to public light. Meanwhile, CNN notes that the 60 Minutes interview that Stormy allegedly taped could potentially air on Sunday. The White House also did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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A lawyer for Daniels, whose legal name is Stephanie Clifford, reportedly put in the request on Friday, claiming that because Judge Elizabeth Feffer of Los Angeles Superior Court is now seeking a federal appointment, it would not be appropriate for her to make a judgment in a case involving the president.

The source said Trump is being told by advisers not to fight Daniels' decision to break a confidentiality agreement because it would make him look guilty.

Mary Hearn, a spokeswoman for the court, said Feffer would not be able to comment because of judicial ethics involving pending cases.

Clifford's attorney, Michael Avenatti, sent Cohen a letter offering to wire $130,000 by Friday to an account designated by the President.

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