Donald Trump’s affair with adult film actress Stormy Daniels was initially a salacious infidelity scandal, and then it became a criminal financial scandal. Now it’s become something else altogether. Even as it increasingly appears that Trump and his attorney both violated federal law by paying Daniels to keep quiet about it just before election day, she’s found a creative way to put every last detail out there for public consumption.
Daniels has filed suit against Trump in court. Yes, she’s allowed to do that, even though he’s a sitting president, because the dispute is about things that transpired before Trump took office. Daniels is asserting that Trump’s attorney Michael Cohen violated their original nondisclosure agreement when he recently publicly discussed the $130,000 hush money payment. She’s seeking legal clearance to tell (or sell) her story about the Trump affair, in a way that’ll prevent Trump and Cohen from being able to demand that the original payoff be returned. Here’s where this gets interesting.
Thanks to the mere fact that Daniels is choosing to litigate this in court, various details about the affair are going to keep surfacing publicly, either in official filings, or thanks to leaks on the part of people in the evidence chain. This means that she’s twisting the knife, not only by hauling him into court, but by using the lawsuit to get parts of her story out there before she can even win or lose the suit.
So we’re about to see a whole lot more details about the affair between Donald Trump and Stormy Daniels. Maybe you’re thinking you don’t want to hear about Trump’s sex life, and that’s totally understandable. But consider the more this affair comes front and center, the worse it becomes for Trump. He tried desperately to keep this story out of the headlines to begin with, and there’s a reason for that. That’s before getting to the financially criminal aspect of the affair, which will also get uglier as this lawsuit goes on.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report