Stormy Daniels, the porn actress who claims she was paid $130,000 in 2016 to keep quiet about a decade-old affair with Donald Trump, has offered to return the money in exchange for being released from the agreement.
In a letter Monday to Trump’s personal lawyers, Daniels, whose given name is Stephanie Clifford, said she would wire the money by Friday if the president agreed to dissolve the October 2016 hush-money settlement. Daniels also offered to drop a lawsuit filed March 6 in which she claims the agreement is invalid because Trump never signed it.
Daniels' lawyer, Michael Avenatti, gave Trump’s lawyers until 12:01 p.m. Tuesday to accept or reject the deal.
“In the event this offer is not accepted in a writing delivered to me on or before that date and time, the offer shall automatically be deemed withdrawn in its entirety and shall be null and void,“ Avenatti wrote to Trump’s lawyers, Michael Cohen and Lawrence Rosen.
Cohen and Rosen did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
According to the Oct. 28, 2016, settlement, Daniels agreed to turn over all texts, photographs and other “confidential information” pertaining to Trump in exchange for $130,000.
Cohen has said that he borrowed on his home to pay Daniels out of his own pocket and that Trump wasn’t involved. The deal‘s timing — a decade after the affair allegedly occurred — was reached at a critical juncture in Trump’s campaign, just before the election and days after an Access Hollywood tape surfaced in which Trump bragged about grabbing women.
Government watchdog groups have questioned whether the payment amounted to an undisclosed donation to the Trump campaign and have asked the Justice Department and Federal Elections Commission to investigate.