Stormy Daniels offers to return Trump affair hush money

Daniels would also be allowed to "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 legal liability for damages", it said. In the letter, Daniels offers to reimburse Trump, despite the fact that Cohen claims he was the one to pay Daniels. The interview could air as early as this coming Sunday.

Avenatti's letter gave Cohen until noon Tuesday to make a decision and promised to transmit payment by Friday. Given the hints Daniels has already dropped about the type of thing she might release to the American people if unmuzzled, Cohen would be well-advised to hire as many lawyers as possible who are smarter than he is.

If Cohen were to deny the offer, it would put him in the position of publicly seeking to keep her from discussing the affair she says happened beginning in 2006 at a celebrity golf tournament hosted by Trump. The White House declined to comment.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said last week that Mr Trump has made it clear that none of the allegations are true. (PDF)Los Angeles-based lawyer Michael Avenatti told CNN's Michael Smerconish that no California court would enforce the $1 million penalty for "every episode that she goes out and speaks in violation of the confidentiality".

Daniels flouted the restraining order and sued Trump last week, contending that the nondisclosure agreement should be voided because Trump never signed it.

The Dallas Morning News reported Monday that Texas officials are investigating whether a notary properly witnessed the non-disclosure agreement. He said neither the Trump Organisation nor the Trump campaign was a party to the transaction with Clifford.

All in all, Rep. Waters can daydream as much as she wants, but chances of Stormy Daniels taking down President Trump are rather slim.

It also means the Trump administration would not be able to block the broadcast of an interview that Ms Clifford taped with CBS News' 60 Minutes last week.

Almost two weeks ago, Cohen obtained a temporary restraining order against Daniels in private arbitration, where the contract says any disputes about the arrangement must be heard.

  • Joey Payne