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lunes, 26 de marzo de 2018

Stormy Daniels admits she lied about alleged Trump affair in previous statements

Stormy Daniels admitted to giving conflicting statements about her alleged affair with Donald Trump in an appearance on CBS’s 60 Minutes on Sunday.

The adult film actor confessed to host Anderson Cooper that her claim that she had an affair with Trump in 2006 contradicts her previous statements denying the encounter.

Daniels signed a $130,000 nondisclosure agreement (NDA) in October 2016, and later said that the affair never happened in a separate statement through Trump lawyer Michael Cohen in January 2018.

60 Minutes was richly rewarded for the full hour of anti-Trump red meat with its highest ratings in 10 years.

Daniels lied about affair with Trump

Daniels admitted on Sunday that she lied in previous public statements about her alleged affair with Donald Trump.

The actress told 60 Minutes that she felt pressured to sign a $130,000 nondisclosure agreement with Cohen before the presidential election. Daniels had struck a deal in October of 2016 agreeing to keep quiet about the alleged affair.

Daniels also admitted to being untruthful in a public statement she issued in mid-January of this year, denying the affair. She had written at the time:

I recently became aware that certain news outlets are alleging that I had a sexual and/or romantic affair with Donald Trump many, many, many years ago. I am stating with complete clarity that this is absolutely false. My involvement with Donald Trump was limited to a few public appearances and nothing more.

She had again reiterated, “It never happened,” in a statement tweeted by Buzzfeed on January 30:

“Felt pressure”

Daniels told Cooper she was responding to a combination of legal and physical threats from Cohen in signing the statements. Cooper asked, “So you signed and released– a statement that said I am not denying this affair because I was paid in hush money I’m denying it because it never happened. That’s a lie?”

Daniels answered, “Yes.”

“If it was untruthful, why did you sign it?” Cooper pressed.

Daniels said she had been made to feel she “had no choice.” But, as Cooper noted, nobody “had a gun to” her head.

Cooper also asked Daniels if she feared legal retaliation, and she said yes. She told Cooper that she was told, “They can make your life hell in many different ways.”

When Cooper asked who she meant by “they,” Daniels said, “I’m not exactly sure who they were. I believe it to be Michael Cohen.”

More threats

Daniels added that she was physically threatened in a Las Vegas parking garage in 2011 by a stranger who warned her to “leave Trump alone.”

“I was in a parking lot, going to a fitness class with my infant daughter. Taking, you know, the seats facing backwards in the backseat, diaper bag, you know, getting all the stuff out. And a guy walked up on me and said to me, ‘Leave Trump alone. Forget the story,'” Daniels said. She continued:

And then he leaned around and looked at my daughter and said, “That’s a beautiful little girl. It’d be a shame if something happened to her mom.” And then he was gone.

Daniels claims she didn’t call the police at the time because she was scared.

That threat came weeks after Daniels agreed to tell her story to a magazine that never published it. On the magazine’s behalf, Daniels took a recently published polygraph test that indicated she was telling the truth when she said she had an affair with Trump.

Cohen demands retraction

A lawyer for Michael Cohen, Brent Blakely, sent a letter on Sunday night to Daniels’ lawyer, Michael Avenatti, demanding that he retract the accusations that Cohen threatened Daniels using a “thug.”

Cohen denied he was “responsible for an alleged thug” who made “an alleged threat” and demanded that Avenatti “make clear that you have no facts or evidence whatsoever to support your allegations.”

Conflicting statements

In constantly changing her story, Daniels may simply be doing what makes the most sense at the time, changing her statements as it suits her financial interest.

Before Trump was president, getting $130,000 up front to keep quiet about an alleged affair probably sounded like a good deal. Now that he’s president, there’s more money and fame to be had in going in front of a camera to trot out gossip from a decade ago. Daniels even admitted as much on 60 Minutes, saying, “Yes, I’m getting more job offers now.”

Do we really need to be hearing these salacious stories ten years after the fact? Do we need to drag the president and his embarrassed wife over an alleged consensual encounter that, in Daniels’ own words, did not leave her feeling victimized?

Let’s call a spade a spade: this is a media circus promoted by an anti-Trump network looking for ratings. Sex scandals are always a big draw for the camera — what could be better for the anti-Trump media than a Trump sex scandal?

The media clearly has no regard for the truth.