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 on: March 28, 2018, 12:39:15 am 
Started by Kiwithrottlejockey - Last post by Kiwithrottlejockey

from The Washington Post....

Trump Can't Stop Tweeting, but Goes Silent on Stormy Daniels

After sixty-one weeks in the White House, President Trump
has found someone he won't attack on Twitter: Stormy Daniels.

By MICHAEL D. SHEAR and MAGGIE HABERMAN | 8:02AM EDT — Monday, March 26, 2018

President Donald J. Trump returned to Washington D.C. on Sunday after spending the weekend in Florida. — Photograph: Tom Brenner/The New York Times.
President Donald J. Trump returned to Washington D.C. on Sunday after spending the weekend in Florida. — Photograph: Tom Brenner/The New York Times.

WASHINGTON — After 61 weeks in the White House, President Trump has found two people he won't attack on Twitter: Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal.

The verbose commander in chief has posted more than 2,900 times on Twitter since taking office, using the term “FAKE NEWS” to describe everything from the Russia inquiry and allegations of chaos in the White House to harassment accusations, the size of his inaugural crowds and heated arguments with world leaders.

But he has been uncharacteristically silent in recent days — to the relief of his advisers — as a pornographic film star and a Playboy model described intimate details of sexual encounters with Mr. Trump. Stephanie Clifford, known in pornographic films as Stormy Daniels, said during Sunday night on CBS's “60 Minutes” that she once spanked the president with a copy of Forbes magazine bearing his face on the cover.

The fact that the president has not given oxygen to the headlines, however, does not mean that he is content.

Inside the White House, Mr. Trump is eager to defend himself against allegations that he insists are false, those close to him say. And he is growing increasingly frustrated with breathless, wall-to-wall news media coverage of the salacious details from the two women.

On Monday, Ms. Clifford's lawyer added new charges to the suit she filed: that the president's lawyer defamed Ms. Clifford in denying her claims; that he and Mr. Trump pursued the deal to specifically help Mr. Trump's election prospects; and that he then structured the agreement to shield from public view what was, effectively, an illegal $130,000 campaign gift.

In discussions with allies and some aides, Mr. Trump has privately railed against Ms. Clifford, and insisted that she is not telling the truth. He has reminded advisers that he joined an effort to enforce financial penalties against Ms. Clifford, whose TV interview on Sunday night was hyped throughout the weekend on the cable news channels that Mr. Trump watches obsessively.

But there has been no debate among Mr. Trump's advisers about the best course for him: just keep quiet about a story that would only be fueled by a presidential tweet or a comment about the women shouted above the roar of Marine One.

Keeping a lid on Mr. Trump is never easy, especially when he is eager to hit back at his adversaries.

In the days after an “Access Hollywood” video exposed his own lewd comments about women during the final month of the campaign, Mr. Trump responded by showing up at his debate with Hillary Clinton with three women who had accused Bill Clinton of sexual improprieties.

As a candidate, and as president, Mr. Trump has eagerly attacked just about all of his enemies and accusers, often with colorful nicknames like “Little Rocket Man” for the North Korean leader, “Crazy Joe Biden” or “Sloppy Steve” Bannon.

But for now, it appears that the president is listening to — and accepting — his advisers' warnings on the dangers of speaking out about the women, much the way he followed the advice of his lawyers for a year not to attack Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel in the Russia inquiry.

Recently, he has ditched that advice, attacking Mr. Mueller and his team directly on Twitter. That leaves only his alleged mistresses and President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia as people who are immune to Mr. Trump's Twitter trash-talk.

Raj Shah, a deputy White House press secretary, declined to say “what the president may or may not have seen” on television on Sunday night, though he said that Mr. Trump denies the allegations that Ms. Clifford made in the CBS interview.

“I'll just say that he's consistently denied these allegations,” Mr. Shah said. “The president doesn't believe that any of the claims that Ms. Daniels made last night in the interview are accurate.”

Mr. Trump dined at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida on Saturday evening with Michael D. Cohen, his lawyer and longtime aide who is at the center of the Clifford scandal, according to three people familiar with the get-together. The president scheduled the meeting himself, surprising his aides with it a short time before Mr. Cohen arrived, people familiar with the meeting said.

Melania Trump, too, has been silent about the allegations. Asked to react to the interviews, Stephanie Grisham, Mrs. Trump's spokeswoman, said: “She's focusing on being a mother, she's quite enjoying her spring break and she's focused on future projects.”

It is not clear whether Mr. Trump watched a similar tell-all interview on CNN on Thursday evening, when Karen McDougal, a former Playboy model, alleged a 10-month romantic affair with Mr. Trump in which they repeatedly had sex.

Stormy Daniels said Sunday night on CBS's “60 Minutes” that she once spanked the president with a copy of Forbes magazine bearing his face on the cover. — Photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty Images.
Stormy Daniels said Sunday night on CBS's “60 Minutes” that she once spanked the president with a copy
of Forbes magazine bearing his face on the cover. — Photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty Images.

Sunday's interview with Ms. Clifford contained few surprises but some humiliating details, such as Ms. Clifford saying she was not attracted to Mr. Trump, and her recollection of spanking him. Virility and strength are key traits that the president likes to project, and he once gloated about a New York Post headline quoting a friend of his second wife, Marla Maples, who recalled Ms. Maples saying that Mr. Trump was the “Best Sex I've Ever Had.”

In the interview, Ms. Clifford said that she had flirted with Mr. Trump in 2006 at a celebrity golf tournament in Lake Tahoe. She said Mr. Trump had compared her favorably to his daughter during the flirtation, and that she had intercourse with Mr. Trump.

She also alleged that an unknown person whom she believed to be connected to Mr. Trump and Mr. Cohen threatened her in a parking lot in 2011, telling her, “leave Trump alone. Forget the story.” Then looking at her infant daughter, he added, “That's a beautiful little girl. It would be a shame if something happened to her mom.”

Asked by Anderson Cooper whether she had anything to say to Mr. Trump, if he was watching on Sunday night, Ms. Clifford said, “He knows I'm telling the truth.”

Even that has not prompted Mr. Trump to directly address the central allegations from Ms. Clifford and Ms. McDougal — that the president cheated on his wife shortly after Mrs. Trump gave birth to their son.

Mr. Trump did type out a vague “Fake News” tweet on Monday morning, although it is unclear to what he was referring.

Beyond the details of the alleged encounters, Mr. Trump's advisers have been urging the president to keep quiet about the legal wrangling concerning Ms. Clifford and Ms. McDougal.

Ms. McDougal, who accepted $150,000 from the parent company of the National Enquirer to keep quiet about her alleged affair with Mr. Trump, is suing the company to be released from the contract. Mr. Cohen has acknowledged paying Ms. Clifford $130,000 in the days before the 2016 election to keep quiet about her allegations.

Mr. Shah said at the White House on Monday that “I can say categorically that, obviously, the White House didn't engage in any wrong-doing.”

Asked about why Mr. Trump's lawyer would pay Ms. Clifford $130,000 if her allegations were false, Mr. Shah said that “false charges are settled out of court all the time.” He referred further questions about the case to Mr. Cohen.

The lawyer for Ms. Clifford has aggressively argued that his client is not bound by the non-disclosure agreement that she signed, in part because Mr. Trump himself never signed the document. Michael Avenatti, the lawyer, has repeatedly used Trump-like insinuations to suggest that Ms. Clifford has digital evidence of the intercourse.

“We have a litany of more evidence in this case, and it's going to be disclosed, and it's going to be laid bare for the American public,” Mr. Avenatti said in an interview on Monday morning on ABC's “Good Morning America”.

Last week, Mr. Avenatti tweeted a picture of a CD or DVD with the suggestive caption: “If a picture is worth a thousand words, how many words is this worth??? #60minutes #pleasedenyit #basta”.

Even that has not prompted a presidential retort — yet.


Jim Rutenberg contributed reporting from New York.

• Michael D. Shear is a White House correspondent in the Washington bureau of The New York Times, where he covers President Trump, with a focus on domestic policy, the regulatory state and life at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. A veteran political correspondent, he covered Barack Obama's presidency, including the 2012 re-election campaign. Before coming to The N.Y. Times in 2010, he spent 18 years at The Washington Post, writing about local communities, school districts, state politics, the 2008 presidential campaign and the White House. A member of the Pulitzer Prize-winning team that covered the Virginia Tech shootings in 2007, Mr. Shear is a 1990 graduate of Claremont McKenna College and has a masters in public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He lives in Virginia with his wife and two teenage children.

• Maggie Haberman is a White House correspondent. She joined The New York Times in February 2015 as a campaign correspondent. Previously, Ms. Haberman worked as a political reporter at Politico from 2010 to 2015 and at other publications including the New York Post and New York Daily News. She was a finalist for the Mirror Awards, with Glenn Thrush, for What is Hillary Clinton Afraid of? which was published in 2014. Her hobbies include singing, and she is married with three children.


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 on: March 27, 2018, 03:51:08 pm 
Started by Kiwithrottlejockey - Last post by Kiwithrottlejockey

Trump cannot find any new lawyers to represent him since two of his lawyers told him to “get fucked” because he wouldn't listen to them and kept shooting his mouth off, putting himself in further legal jeopardy because he is basically stupid. Other lawyers don't want to get involved with such a mentally-retarded boofhead so are refusing to work for him.

Hahaha.....that will make it easier for the women who are suing Trump and also for Robert S. Mueller III.

Metal Bracelet day is edging ever closer thanks to Trump's inherent stupidity.

 on: March 27, 2018, 03:13:21 pm 
Started by Kiwithrottlejockey - Last post by Im2Sexy4MyPants

hey rabid lefty twat=ktj

obama is unfit to lick the crumbs from a dogs arsehole
his germs would make the dog sick as you well know

 on: March 27, 2018, 01:46:53 pm 
Started by Im2Sexy4MyPants - Last post by Im2Sexy4MyPants

Communism is dead get over it

Your urgent need to put people down
is a sad attempt to draw attention away
from your own flaws and dirty little secrets

 on: March 27, 2018, 10:17:46 am 
Started by Im2Sexy4MyPants - Last post by Kiwithrottlejockey

HaHaHa....Donald J. “Golden Showers” Trump.


HawHawHaw....Donald J. “Cadet Bone Spurs” Trump.

Yep.....America is the “laughing stock” of the entire world, alright!!

 on: March 27, 2018, 03:33:37 am 
Started by Im2Sexy4MyPants - Last post by Im2Sexy4MyPants

you love trump dont you

 on: March 27, 2018, 03:28:51 am 
Started by Kiwithrottlejockey - Last post by Im2Sexy4MyPants

that's the funnest bullshit story i have ever heard

sucking up to anderson cooper thought for a min she was going to offer to suck anderson
stormy is a great BJ expert cum dumpster but she's ugly

and she is so drugged
my guess is she needs money for her habit
did you see her giant pupils

 on: March 27, 2018, 03:11:08 am 
Started by Kiwithrottlejockey - Last post by Im2Sexy4MyPants

its not started by kids it was started by commie minion teachers who have fucked up the school kids for years

hey kids do you want to stay in school today or go out on the streets and protest?

wonder what they would say hahaha

anyway they are kids they dont have many rights easy for the left to use them to push the nra is a terrorist org

the left want to start a civil war

anything to change the subject but now they gave trump all that money to spend
trump can spend it the way he wants
build the wall start up the treason trials

team trump they know everything they have everything on the criminal cabal the storm is going to smash them all into oblivion

there so much shit going to happen  Grin

 on: March 27, 2018, 02:46:31 am 
Started by Kiwithrottlejockey - Last post by Im2Sexy4MyPants
do you remember during the election

 i said trump would win 

and what did you say?

you were wrong then, you will be wrong next time, because you're not right in the head

i am waiting for the military to have all these trials

hillary and obama might be headed to prison

 on: March 26, 2018, 11:28:38 pm 
Started by Kiwithrottlejockey - Last post by Kiwithrottlejockey

from The New York Times....

Stormy Daniels Tells ‘60 Minutes’ Fear Kept Her Silent on Trump

The pornographic film actress, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, told “60 Minutes” that a man
had threatened her after she sold her claims of an affair with Donald Trump to a magazine in 2011.

By JIM RUTENBERG | 3:07AM EDT — Monday, March 26, 2018

Stormy Daniels said that a man threatened her after she agreed to a tell a magazine about an affair with Donald J. Trump. She said the man told her: “Leave Trump alone. Forget the story.” — Photograph: CBS News/Associated Press.
Stormy Daniels said that a man threatened her after she agreed to a tell a magazine about an affair with Donald J. Trump.
She said the man told her: “Leave Trump alone. Forget the story.” — Photograph: CBS News/Associated Press.

THE pornographic film star Stephanie Clifford told “60 Minutes” that she struck a $130,000 deal for her silence about an alleged affair with Donald J. Trump in the final days of the 2016 campaign because she was worried about her safety and that of her young daughter.

That concern, she told “60 Minutes” in an interview broadcast on Sunday night, was based on a threat she received in 2011 from a man who approached her in Las Vegas. She said the threat came after she sold her story about Mr. Trump for $15,000 to Bauer Publishing, which finally published the interview in its magazine InTouch early this year. Bauer had initially decided not to run it after Mr. Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, threatened to sue.

“I was in a parking lot going to a fitness class with my infant daughter,” she told the “60 Minutes” correspondent and CNN host Anderson Cooper. “And a guy walked up on me and said to me, ‘Leave Trump alone. Forget the story’. And he leaned round and looked at my daughter and said, ‘That's a beautiful little girl, it would be a shame if something happened to her mom’.”

Ms. Clifford said she did not go to the police after the threat, but when, years later, a lawyer came to her with an offer brokered by Mr. Cohen in the final days of the presidential campaign, she took it because “I was concerned for my family and their safety.”

Ms. Clifford's interview — which made for the most anticipated episode of “60 Minutes” in recent memory — was something of a national event, one marked by viewing parties and “Dark and Stormy” cocktail specials at bars, a nod to her professional name, Stormy Daniels.

And it was a quintessential moment of the Trump presidency — a tabloid-ready scandal and must-see television — that carried potential legal implications for Mr. Trump and his longtime lawyer and personal fixer, Michael Cohen. Until Sunday's broadcast, Ms. Clifford had kept her public appearances to the strip club circuit — what she called her “Make America Horny Again” tour. But, in speaking with Mr. Cooper, she chose business-like attire that was in keeping with the seriousness of the legal case she is making, that she had been silenced in a cover-up effort to protect the presidential prospects of Mr. Trump.

Ms. Clifford is one of two women who have recently filed suit seeking to get out of agreements they said they entered during the last stretch of the 2016 campaign to give up the rights to their stories about what they have said were affairs with Mr. Trump. The other woman, a former Playmate named Karen McDougal, sold her rights to the company that owns The National Enquirer — which never published it — and spoke to Mr. Cooper on CNN on Thursday. Representatives for Mr. Trump have denied that he had an affair with either woman.

Both cases present potentially consequential legal challenges for Mr. Trump, forming the basis of complaints that have been filed with the Federal Election Commission and the Justice Department saying that the payments constituted illegal campaign contributions.

Ms. Clifford's appearance on “60 Minutes” showed that the effort to keep her story from public view had failed spectacularly — just as statements from Mr. Cohen that he would seek millions of dollars in damages from her for violating a hush agreement had not kept her from appearing on what is often the highest-rated program in television news.

Shortly after “60 Minutes” aired, a lawyer for Mr. Cohen, Brent H. Blakely, sent a cease-and-desist letter to Ms. Clifford's new lawyer, Michael Avenatti. It accused him and Ms. Clifford of defaming Mr. Cohen in relation to the threat she says she received and demanding a public apology.

“Mr. Cohen had absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with any such person or incident, and does not even believe that any such person exists, or that such incident ever occurred,” Mr. Blakely wrote. “You and your client's false statements about Mr. Cohen accuse him of criminal conduct and constitute, among other things, libel per se and intentional infliction of emotional distress.”

During the interview Mr. Cooper asked Ms. Clifford why she was taking the legally risky route of sitting for a nationally televised interview. “I was perfectly fine saying nothing at all, but I'm not O.K. with being made out to be a liar,” she said.

Ms. Clifford had first threatened to speak out in February, after, she said, Mr. Cohen broke his part of the previously secret 2016 agreement by telling The New York Times that he had paid the $130,000 from his own pocket. He has denied Mr. Trump had an affair with Ms. Clifford.

The White House was quiet ahead of the airing of Ms. Clifford's interview, though an ally of Mr. Trump's, the Newsmax founder and editor in chief, Christopher Ruddy, told ABC News earlier on Sunday that Mr. Trump considered her story “a political hoax”. Mr. Trump spent the evening before the interview dining at his club in Palm Beach, Mar-a-Lago, with Mr. Cohen.

Ms. Clifford said during the interview that while she had seen Mr. Trump more than once, she had had sex with him a single time, unprotected. That happened shortly after they met at a celebrity golf tournament in Lake Tahoe in 2006. (Ms. McDougal has also said that she, too, was intimate with Mr. Trump during that event.) Mr. Trump was 60 at the time; Ms. Clifford was 27.

Ms. Clifford said that Mr. Trump had invited her to his hotel suite for dinner, and that their banter began with him showing her a magazine cover featuring his photograph. “I was like, ‘Someone should take that magazine and spank you with it’.” she said. “So he turned around and pulled his pants down a little — you know, had underwear on and stuff, and I just gave him a couple swats.”

It was done in a joking manner, she said, and the flirtation — which included Mr. Trump comparing Ms. Clifford to his daughter — led to intercourse, though, she said, she had not been particularly attracted to Mr. Trump and had not wanted to have sex with him. (She said she nonetheless went along of her own accord.)

“He said that it was great,” she said, and told her he had had “a great evening, and it was nothing like he expected, that I really surprised him, that a lot of people must underestimate me — that he hoped that I would be willing to see him again, and that we would discuss the things we had talked about earlier in the evening.”

Mr. Trump, she said, had raised the possibility that he get her onto his reality show, “Celebrity Apprentice”, but it would not come to be.

She said that he had invited her to his Beverly Hills Hotel bungalow in 2007 to fill her in on that promise. The entertainment for the night, she said, was a “Shark Week” documentary. Mr. Trump, she said, wanted to have sex but this time she did not go along with it, and when he did not have an answer for her about being on the show, she left. She said he told her over the phone a month later that he would not be able to get her onto the program and that was effectively the end of it.

But when her story threatened to surface again in 2016, Ms. Clifford said, her lawyer, Keith Davidson, called her. “I think I have the best deal for you,” she said Mr. Davidson told her, presenting Mr. Cohen's offer. (Mr. Davidson had also represented Ms. McDougal.)

When Mr. Cooper said some viewers would be skeptical that Ms. Clifford had made her decision because of a threat made years earlier, she said she “didn't even negotiate” and “just quickly said ‘yes’, to this very, you know, strict contract, and what most people will agree with me, extremely low number.” Ms. Clifford also said that she had “turned down a large pay-day multiple times.”

Ms. Clifford said that she can remember the man's face to this day and would recognize him immediately. Mr. Avenatti said earlier this month that she had been threatened, although he did not provide any details. At the time, the White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, said, “Obviously we take the safety and security of any person seriously, certainly would condemn anyone threatening any individual”.

When the story about the payoff first broke earlier this year, Ms. Clifford had signed a statement emphatically denying that an affair had taken place. She told Mr. Cooper that she had been told that if she failed to sign it, “they can make your life hell in many different ways.” That sentiment, she indicated, was based on the terms of the agreement, not on any new threat of physical violence, though, she said, she felt both “intimidated” and “bullied.”

Lawyers for Mr. Cohen have said that Ms. Clifford faces $20 million in penalties for violating an agreement to remain quiet and that the agreement was still binding.

Ms. Clifford's suit hinges on Mr. Avenatti's argument that the agreement is invalid because Mr. Trump had not signed it. Mr. Cohen signed the agreement, representing the Delaware shell company Essential Consultants, through which he paid Ms. Clifford.

Mr. Cohen has denied any involvement by the Trump Organization or the Trump campaign. But Mr. Avenatti, through his various media appearances, has been trying to build a case that Mr. Cohen was acting in his capacity as a lawyer at the Trump Organization when he worked on the agreement. He presented new evidence on “60 Minutes”: a FedEx envelope showing that Mr. Davidson had sent the contract to Mr. Cohen at his office at the Trump Organization, and addressed a cover letter to him in his official Trump Organization capacity.

Mr. Cooper pressed Ms. Clifford on whether she was not coming forward to cash in on her affair now that Mr. Trump had become president. She did not apologize for the extra money she says she is already making as a dancer because of the surrounding publicity, but noted that she was also opening herself up to real financial risk.

Asked what she would tell the president if he was watching, she said, “He knows I'm telling the truth.”


• Jim Rutenberg is a freelance media columnist and former political correspondent for The New York Times, for which he has written over 2,300 articles.


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