I’m writing about Stephanie Clifford (a. k. a. Stormy) because, foremost, she is the only topic in Trumptopia that makes me smile. Secondly, every other topic I can think of is too complex and/or given to too much speculation. The speculation is more contained with Stephanie’s issue. It boils down to who is telling the truth, and it looks like Trump won’t get away with this lie as he has with so many others. Ironically, Stephanie is a real person known by a fake name, while Trump is a fraud known by his real name. But not always, as we soon shall see.
As you probably know, Stephanie had an affair with Trump a few years before the election and was paid $130 grand shortly before the voting to hush up about it. Of course, as with any of his sexual indiscretions (big and small) he denies it ever happened and denies he knew anything about the hush money paid by a long time personal lawyer Michael Cohen. The fly in the ointment is their account of the story is impossible to believe, unless you have stopped thinking altogether, reminding me of an old Scottish aphorism: “Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive.”
True, Trump has been a Houdini in escaping a multitude of previous webs, but I’m betting Stephanie can be the one to nail him. Way before Mueller gets around to it. If the affair never happened, why did Cohen pay Stephanie all that money? All I’ve heard from Cohen is, yes, he paid the money, but no Trump didn’t know and the affair never happened to begin with. Ah……could you run that explanation by me again?
Also, why would Trump’s organization and Cohen now be threatening to sue Clifford for $20 million for things they fear she might expose on 60 Minutes this Sunday and who knows when and where afterwards?
As Clifford’s lawyer, Michael Avenatti has described the whacky scenario in a tweet: “How can President Trump seek $20 million in damages against my client based on an agreement that he (Trump) and Mr. Cohen claim he never was a party to and knew nothing about?”
Avenatti says they aren’t afraid of Trump’s threats, as they argue the non-disclosure agreement was invalid because Trump never signed it, not even signing in the blank space over his alias in the suit, David Dennison. My guess is they thought if Trumped signed it (bring in the hand writing experts), he couldn’t completely deny knowing about it, even if he signed Santa Clause.
I’m smiling thinking of this, as Clifford and Avenatti appear to have Cohen and Trump caught in their own twisted web, beating them at their own manipulative game. Avenatti has been making the political talk show circuit implying all sorts of goodies Stephanie has to share with us Sunday, offering up a lie detector test she passed in 2011 as an appetizer.
You may have noticed, I have avoided the terms “porn star” or the somewhat less derogative “adult film star” in reference to Ms. Clifford because the more I’ve read about her the more respect I feel. She seems smart and tough and brave. Sure she welcomes the money and attention but, unlike Trump, if she wins this game it is because her claims are based on facts and honesty, in contrast with Trump’s success formula, a web of deceit spun over years.
If she triumphs, it will help the legal cases against Trump of a former Apprentice contestant and a former playboy model, not to mention those dozen plus women who accused Trump of molesting them prior to the election, tossed aside because Trump denied the claims of all of them. And the press let them fall by the wayside, too busy combating Trump’s latest lies after he became president.
It all fits so well in the upside down world of Trumptopia whereby the porn star is actually the one who can be trusted while the president can not be.