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The story of the Trump-Daniels affair, first reported on January 12,by the Wall Street Journalis explosive enough to conceivably topple just about any other politician. Infidelity, and attempts to cover up infidelity, ended the careers or forced the reations of former Democratic vice presidential candidate John Edwards, former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer, Republican Sen. John En, and Republican Gov.
Robert Bentley of Alabama, just to name a few from the past decade. The Stormy Daniels scandal, however, had continued to mount. On January 19, the celebrity news magazine In Touch published an interview with Daniels conducted in in which she says she had an affair with Trump, including sex after that golf event. And while Daniels initially denied the story when it broke, she has now reversed course, culminating in the lawsuit.
Daniels — 38, real name Stephanie Clifford — has worked in the adult industry since a long time in an industry that prizes youth heavily and was inducted into the Adult Video News AVN Hall of Fame in Following revelations that Louisiana Sen. David Vitter hired sex workers, Daniels, a Louisiana native, in formed an exploratory committee to run against him the following year.
She declared herself a Republicanand made the FairTax, a proposal to replace most federal taxes with a 30 percent national sales tax, the centerpiece of the campaign. Palin, I have become a target of the cynical stalwarts of the status quo. In Touch magazine corroborated her statements in by speaking with a friend of Lady seeking sex Doland and her ex-husband. It all started at the American Century celebrity golf tournament in July Stormy claims Trump was sprawled on the couch watching TV, wearing pajama pants.
At one point, Stormy told In Touchshe excused herself to go to the bathroom. I have to see you again. We have to get you on The Apprentice. Remember the fact that the bodyguard, Keith, was present, and that Trump was wearing pajama pants. That will become important in a bit. Later, In Touch posted a full transcript of their interview with Daniels. Tiffany was then only What does that mean? Trump, she recalls, kept offering to make her a contestant on Celebrity Apprentice.
Once the interaction turned sexual, she was concerned he would attempt to pay her for it. Daniels recalled staying in contact with Trump and arranging other liasions for nearly a year. The very next night, she recalls Trump requesting that Pittsburgh Stealers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger escort her back to her room; Roethlisberger complied. The two spent some alone time together the following summer at the Beverly Hills Hotel, where she recalls watching Shark Week with Trump:.
You could see the television from the little dining room table and he was watching Shark Week and he was watching a special about the U. He is obsessed with sharks. Terrified of sharks. I hope all the sharks die. Lady seeking sex Doland was like obsessed. But despite Shark Week setting the mood, she declined his overtures to have sex again. Here is how Weisberg characterizes his conversations with Daniels:. In earlyTrump had invited her to a party to promote Trump Vodka, where she was photographed.
In our conversations, Daniels said she was holding back on the juiciest details, such as her ability to describe things about Trump that only someone who had seen him naked would know. She intimated that her view of his sexual skill was at odds with the remark attributed to Marla Maples. Daniels said that, through intermediaries, she and Trump had worked out an agreement for the presidential candidate to pay her a six-figure sum to keep quiet. By the time he would have published, Weisberg says, Daniels Lady seeking sex Doland been demanding payment for her story, and eventually stopped responding to his s and texts.
He also claims he lacked independent corroboration that she was paid off, despite her having texted him the NDA itself. Kasowitz took care of all of them. But we have names of at least two women, in addition to Daniels. Then, curiously, the publicist tried to walk back the statement later, claiming to not know if drake ed an NDA. He was wearing pajamas.
A bodyguard was also present. The Enquirer is famously pro-Trumpproviding a possible motive for burying the story. Whenever a scandal involving President Trump emerges, it is natural for political observers to wonder if this is the one that will finally finish him off. Mark Sanford R-SC was censured by the state legislature after his affair came to light. But Sanford is now Congress member Sanford, and his district appears to have no problem with his past for the moment. Vitter was reelected to the Senate despite his scandal. Clinton was not forced to leave office.
And in each of the four other cases mentioned, there were criminal charges at issue. En allegedly committed obstruction of justiceBentley was arrested for improper use of campaign fundsSpitzer structured his wire transfers to evade federal scrutiny, and Edwards was indicted for improperly using campaign donations to hide his affair. The case was later dropped after he was acquitted on one count and the jury split on the others. Moreover, the presidency is not the Senate or a governorship.
And Trump is not an ordinary president. Fundamentally, politicians who have been felled by adultery scandal have been felled because they chose to re or were forced out by indictments. Immoral, sure, but being a bad husband is not a crime.
Adultery is not illegal in Nevada, where the American Century golf tournament is held. Ultimately, whether this story damages Trump depends on a whether Trump is duly shamed and compelled to re or apologize, both of which seem unlikely; b whether Republicans in charge of Congress view it as a serious matter and launch an investigation; and c if the media constantly pursues it as the main political story in the country, which is both unlikely and arguably irresponsible when the military is moving ships, troops, and planes to prepare for a possible war with North Korea.
However important you think the Stormy Daniels story is, that one is definitely more important. In other words, the voters who elected Trump knew that this was who he was when they voted for him. Our mission has never been more vital than it is in this moment: to empower through understanding. Financial contributions from our readers are a critical part of supporting our resource-intensive work and help us keep our journalism free for all.
Reddit Pocket Flipboard. The alleged Stormy Daniels affair Daniels — 38, real name Stephanie Clifford — has worked in the adult industry since a long time in an industry that prizes youth heavily and was inducted into the Adult Video News AVN Hall of Fame in The two spent some alone time together the following summer at the Beverly Hills Hotel, where she recalls watching Shark Week with Trump: You could see the television from the little dining room table and he was watching Shark Week and he was watching a special about the U.
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