Notary in Trump-Daniels Agreement in Hot Water - Page 2

Texas authorities aren't sure the nondisclosure deal was properly authorized
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 13, 2018 10:20 AM CDT

  • That 60 Minutes interview: Daniels, real name Stephanie Clifford, taped an interview with Anderson Cooper that Trump's legal team is reportedly trying to block from airing. However, CBS News chief David Rhodes says the reason it hasn't aired yet isn't because of any legal challenge ("I haven't seen such an injunction, and I can't imagine what the basis for that would be"), but because "there's still a lot of journalistic work to do," per Variety.
  • Slim chance: An analysis at the Washington Post, drawing on the expertise of a defamation lawyer, asserts that Trump is "probably powerless" to keep the interview from airing.
  • Horses: A Rolling Stone profile on Clifford, aka Daniels, has a surprising nugget about her: She's a nationally ranked equestrian.
  • The seriousness: The president's supporters say this is a meaningless, salacious witch hunt, but Matthew Yglesias at Vox writes that "it's time for Washington to stop tittering in embarrassment and recognize that there is a serious scandal here." One component of that: whether the payment to Daniels ran afoul of campaign finance laws.
  • The not-so-seriousness: Stephen Colbert has some thoughts and fears.
(Read more Stormy Daniels stories.)

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