President Donald Trump was personally involved in directing legal action an effort to try to prevent Stormy Daniels from detailing her alleged sexual encounter with him, The Wall Street Journal is reporting.
The newspaper said the president told his then-lawyer Michael Cohen in February to seek a restraining order against the former porn actress through a confidential arbitration hearing. Despite Daniels having signed a nondisclosure agreement in October 2016, Trump and Cohen had learned she was considering granting an interview about the president, according to the Journal.
The newspaper attributed its information to “people familiar with the events.” It said Trump told Cohen to coordinate the legal proceeding with Eric Trump, one of the president’s sons, and with a lawyer who had represented the president and the Trump organization previously.
Eric Trump then directed a staff attorney for the Trump organization to sign the arbitration paperwork, the newspaper said.
The newspaper said it is the first time it has been reported that there was any direct involvement by the president and his son to try to silence Daniels.
One source told the Journal that Eric Trump acted as the president’s son and not as a representative for the Trump Organization. The White House declined to comment.
The Journal noted it had previously detailed a $130,000 payment Cohen paid to Daniels before the 2016 presidential election to keep her silent about the alleged sexual encounter.
Meanwhile, Daniels’ book, “Full Disclosure” is set to reach bookstores on Tuesday.
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