Stormy Daniels offers to return Trump affair hush money

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The exchange would allow Clifford to speak publicly about her allegations of an affair with Trump, and according to the letter "use and publish any text messages, photos and/or videos relating to the President that she may have in her possession, all without fear of retribution and/or legal liability for damages".

Following initial reports of Cohen's payment to Daniels, Cohen said Trump "vehemently denies" any affair.

Daniels signed a non-disclosure agreement in October 2016 which she says was to keep her quiet about her tryst with Trump, but the notary public-who is in Texas as Daniels owns a home in Forney-only stamped the document and failed to also sign and date it as required. It also threatens to erode the president's support among evangelical voters. Avenatti told Reuters it is not appropriate for Judge Elizabeth Feffer, now in Los Angeles Superior Court, to preside over a case in which the president is a defendant, because she is pursuing a federal judgeship.

And it would require the agreement be signed by all parties, including the president, who did not put his name to the previous nondisclosure deal.

He contended Daniels always meant to remain silent, until Trump's lawyer, Michael Cohen, began giving interviews and bringing the matter to public light.

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The White House referred the matter to Trump's personal attorney for comment.

But it is unclear what kind of action could actually win support from a judge - the American legal system nearly never allows such "prior restraint" of speech.

The New York Times reported last week that the president's lawyer had secretly obtained a temporary restraining order to prevent Clifford from speaking out about her alleged affair with Trump.

As reported by CNN, Stormy's real name is Stephanie Clifford, and her attorney argued the validity of the contract that was signed via Cohen's private LLC prior to the presidential election. The statement is an admission that the nondisclosure agreement exists and that it directly involves Trump.

Avenatti told CNN's "New Day" last week that Clifford would "absolutely" pay back the $130,000 if she was allowed to speak about the alleged affair.

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