The porn actor is now offering to return her $130,000 hush-money payment in exchange for freedom to discuss her relationship with Trump.
The Stormy Daniels hush money scandal isn't going away. And now, it appears that the porn actor and her attorney have outmaneuvered the White House by giving Trump a new deadline to take action.
This, while a potentially explosive Daniels interview with CNN's Cooper Anderson for "60 Minutes" is looming on the horizon.
Daniels reportedly received a $130,000 hush money settlement just weeks before the 2016 election. The binding agreement blocked her from discussing her affair with Trump, which allegedly took place soon after he got married.
Last week, Daniels filed a lawsuit claiming that the agreement is invalid because Trump never signed it. Trump's private attorney, Michael Cohen, insists that he alone knew about the hush-money payment and that he arranged it all without Trump’s knowledge, just days before the election.
Daniels’ attorney has suggested they have evidence to prove that Trump knew about the payment.
Now, in a bold move that places more pressure on the White House, Daniels is offering to give back the $130,000.
The New York Times reports that Daniels' lawyer sent a letter to Trump’s personal attorney early Monday indicating that Daniels would "wire the money into an account of Mr. Trump’s choosing by Friday." According to the report, Trump's lawyer has until noon tomorrow to respond.
Daniels and her attorney want to return the hush money to make the agreement to stay quiet null and void. They argue that Daniels would then be free to speak openly about her relationship with Trump and well as to share any text messages, phone and/or videos relating to Trump.
For the White House, the story continues to descend into chaos.
For weeks, Trump's team has been unwilling or unable to address the most basic elements of the hush-money story. Instead, desperate for it to go away, they have ducked questions, while absurdly clinging to the idea that they've already thoroughly addressed the issue.
But they have not.
They've only made it worse. And now they're backed into a corner by a woman Trump tried to silence