Published: Tue, March 27, 2018
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

4 takeaways from Stormy Daniels' '60 Minutes' interview

4 takeaways from Stormy Daniels' '60 Minutes' interview

On Monday, CBS said the Daniels interview on 60 Minutes had the best ratings since the November 16, 2008 episode - when then President-elect Obama and his wife Michelle appeared on the show to give their first post-election interview.

The suit, filed by her lawyer Michael Avenatti in California, came a day after CBS aired a tell-all interview with Daniels regarding an affair she alleges she had with Trump more than a decade ago, and which the White House continues to deny.

Some critics reacted to the Daniels interview by saying it didn't break a lot of new ground.

It is unknown if President Trump watched the tell-all interview, although many commentators assumed he did, given his well-known TV viewing habits. She said he pulled down his trousers and she spanked him in a joking manner. Trump did not wear a condom, she said.

On Monday, Cohen's attorney, Brent H. Blakely, denied that Cohen had anything to do with the threat.

The actress received a 130,000-dollar (€104,451) payment days before the 2016 presidential election for her silence and has sought to invalidate a non-disclosure agreement.

"I can't really answer that question relating to why she did it". Although she spoke to the tabloid magazine in 2011, In Touch did not publish that interview until this January.

Stormy says they had sex once, that evening, but that she was not attracted to Trump, and only did it in the hope of landing a guest spot on his show The Apprentice.

GettyStormy Daniels She revealed details about the alleged affair in a CBS interview
GettyStormy Daniels She revealed details about the alleged affair in a CBS interview

In her highly anticipated sit-down with Anderson Cooper, Daniels shared details of the consensual affair she said she and Trump had in 2006 and 2007. Trump, through his representatives, has denied the allegations. Then she said she didnt say a thing during their sexual encounter. Daniels said she was coerced into signing the statements after Cohen threatened her with financial ruin.

Daniels and Avenatti said she was offered as much as $1 million by other outlets to tell her story, but made a decision to go with the news program for free in order to tell her side of the story through a reputable organization.

She said the threat took place as she was about to go to a fitness class with her infant daughter. "It'd be a shame if something happened to her mom.' And then he was gone", Daniels said.

Eventually, she signed the deal, as did Cohen, and he paid her $130,000 in hush money. I've never said I was a victim.

The letter also demanded "that you immediately retract and apologize to Mr. Cohen through the national media for your defamatory statements on '60 Minutes, ' and make clear that you have no facts or evidence whatsoever to support your allegations that my client had anything whatsoever to do with this alleged thug".

However, Daniels' attorney Michael Avenatti told "60 Minutes" he has documents showing Cohen using his Trump Organization email address in setting up the payment and that the nondisclosure agreement was sent by FedEx to Cohen at his Trump Organization office in Trump Tower.

"Suffice to say, I do not believe that the assertions in Ms. Daniels" "60 Minutes' interview represents a fair and accurate description of the situation".

While Daniels information may have caught public attention, a cover-up payment could spell legal trouble for the president and his law team, experts say.

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