CBS newsmagazine “60 Minutes” will air its interview with Stephanie Clifford, who appears in pornographic films under the name “Stormy Daniels,” on Sunday March 25.
The interview has explosive potential given persistent signals that Clifford may possess digital media concerning her alleged affair with President Donald Trump.
Clifford’s attorney Michael Avenatti has referenced the interview cryptically in social media. He tweeted a picture of himself, Clifford, and Anderson Cooper on March 8, and tagged the “60 Minutes” Twitter account. Cooper is a correspondent for the program in addition to his duties at CNN.
— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) March 8, 2018
He tweeted another picture of Clifford speaking on set with Cooper some days later on March 14.
“Americanism means the virtues of courage, honor, justice, truth, sincerity, and hardihood – the virtues that made America.” T. Roosevelt pic.twitter.com/y0iTSGdKYC
— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) March 14, 2018
Avenatti appeared on CNN Thursday evening, where he claimed six women have executed “hush agreements” similar to Clifford’s, though he acknowledged that he has not confirmed their accounts.
Trump-aligned lawyers may be attempting to stop the broadcast, but all legal maneuvering to this point has taken place beyond the public’s view. Any effort to suppress the interview in advance is unlikely to succeed.
The interview has high salacious potential, as Avenatti has repeatedly hinted Clifford will disclose images relating to her alleged affair. The nondisclosure agreement (NDA) requires Clifford to “completely divest herself of any and all artistic media, impressions, paintings, video images, still images, e-mail messages, text messages, Instagram message, Facebook posting or any other type of creation,” implicating her alleged relationship with the president.
Avenatti sent a letter to Cohen Monday, offering to return the $130,000 payment on the understanding that the underlying NDA is invalidated. The letter specifically notes that Clifford would be at liberty to “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 legal liability for damages.”
He was also mum as to the possibility of a sex tape’s existence during a Wednesday interview with Nicole Wallace on MSNBC.
“Could there be a sex tape?” she asked.
“Could be, might be, would be, could be, who knows?” he replied.
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