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Opinion: President should come clean about Stormy

March 12, 2018

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After many Democrats largely dismissed Bill Clinton’s Oval Office romp with Monica Lewinsky as a “private matter,” it’s harder for them to make a case that Donald Trump’s alleged affair with porn star Stormy Daniels a decade before he was elected president really matters.

Of course, it might have made a difference to some voters, evangelicals perhaps, if they’d known about the relationship before they cast their votes, but they forgave the “Access Hollywood” tape and Trump’s reference to “grabbing women by...” well, you know.

Trump’s voters also chose to ignore the nearly two dozen women who said that Trump did more than talk about sexually assaulting women — that he actually did it to them. But the new wrinkle in the reality TV star/president’s actions is that Trump’s longtime personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, paid off Daniels to buy her silence just days before the election. We learned this in January, but the story disappeared quickly in the wake of the scandal-du-jour nature of this White House. Now it’s back on the front pages, in part because Cohen started threatening the actress when he learned she might tell her full story despite the fact that she signed a nondisclosure agreement in exchange for $130,000 in October 2016.

It says a great deal about whom we have become to note that virtually no one is surprised that our president, while married and with a new baby at home, had a relationship with a woman whose claim to fame is acting in, writing and now directing pornographic films. It wasn’t all that long ago that being divorced was an impediment to becoming president, never mind advertising your affairs on the front pages of tabloid magazines as Trump did in 1990 in the midst of his breakup with the mother of his three eldest children, Ivana Trump. Sure, other presidents may not have been saints, but for the most part, they had the decency not to flaunt their behavior in the public’s face, or they wouldn’t have been elected in the first place. Call it hypocrisy that the press stayed silent on President Franklin Roosevelt’s longtime relationship with Lucy Mercer, his wife’s onetime secretary, and President John F. Kennedy’s dalliances with a mobster’s girlfriend, among others. But the old adage about hypocrisy’s being the tribute vice pays to virtue at least recognizes that public appearances matter because most of us know the difference between right and wrong and prefer the former.

Cohen has managed to get an arbitrator to issue a restraining order against Daniels’ telling her story, but to little effect so far because Daniels has now filed suit against Cohen and Trump, asking that the nondisclosure agreement she and Cohen signed be invalidated because Trump did not sign it, though he was listed, under the alias David Dennison, as a signatory. In the past, Trump has always been able to bully others into keeping silent about issues he has wished to hide, and Cohen has played fixer for many of Trump’s embarrassments. But Trump is no longer just a brash and unscrupulous deal-maker; he’s president of the United States. And what he did to try to silence someone with a story to tell less than two weeks before the election takes on much greater significance. Where the money came from matters. Cohen says it was his own, but a lawyer’s paying hush money from his own pocket seems highly unethical, not to mention improbable. More importantly, if the intent was to keep the story out of the press right before the election, it seems pretty clear it was a political contribution in excess of the legal limit, unless Trump used his own money.

If Trump wants to avoid yet another possible investigation into alleged illegal behavior, maybe he should just fess up. The last thing he should do is a version of Bill Clinton’s infamous “I did not have sexual relations with that woman” line. Trump’s followers will believe anything that comes out of his mouth, but lying about what happened could ensnare him in legal jeopardy, just as it did Clinton. And because his admirers have already shown their willingness to forgive Trump of almost anything, maybe he should try truth this time around.

— Linda Chavez is a columnist for Creators Syndicate.

Comments

Bob Summers 1 month, 1 week ago

lol

Yes, like the way Bill Clinton came clean with the half dozen or so females that accused him of rape.

Good one Chavez.

You poor congenital Liberal are such bitter clingers.

Greg Cooper 1 month, 1 week ago

So, you're saying that Clinton was wrong in trying to cover his escapade(s) but that makes it OK for Chump? That's Summers logic in spades. Thanks for the laugh.

Bob Reinsch 1 month, 1 week ago

Quick! Change the subject to Clinton! No, not her, the one that got impeached!

Jim Slade 1 month, 1 week ago

Here's why this lawsuit by Stormy Daniels is pure genius:

The Non Disclosure Agreement (NDA) was anonymous and listed pseudonymns for the two people involved, PP and DD. PP is Stormy Daniels and DD is allegedly Donald Trump.

Responding to the lawsuit leaves Trump with two options:

1) He denies he is DD listed in the NDA, which then allows Stormy to tell her story of their affair as well as the photos and texts shared between them, These photos and texts are supposedly damaging enough that it cost $130K in hush money.

2) He admits he is DD in the NDA, which could make the NDA enforceable meaning her story never gets told. HOWEVER, by doing so it also confirms that he and his lawyer violated campaign finance laws and created fake LLCs to cover up and conceal those crimes.

Another thing, adultery is a misdemeanor crime in New York state. If Trump is DD in the contract, then the contract is potentially voidable because you can't use a contract to cover up a crime.

It's pure genius, really.

Bob Smith 1 month, 1 week ago

"At this point, what does it matter?"

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 1 month, 1 week ago

Donald Trump has never been a picture of the perfect husband. He openly had an affair with his second wife, while still married to his first. He has bragged about his conquests and his disdain for women who don't look like models. This has always been obvious. But what is disturbing is he has been embraced by people who claim to be in favor of "family values". Trump is a lousy example of "family values". If he didn't have money, his first 2 wives would probably have been on welfare raising his kids, and probably having a problem getting any child support from him. These same people judge and hate same sex couples who are loyal to each other and have kind, loving families. They look down on single parents, especially single mothers, even if those mothers are doing a great job creating a family. That's what is disturbing.

As to the gaslighting going on in comments above --- we Liberals do put down Bill Clinton. Yes, we would probably have liked to see Hilary dump him, but she didn't, and she didn't have to. She already had the connections and the education to be successful, and being divorced isn't the stigma it used to be, obviously. But instead, she was a loving wife and mother and put her marriage back together, which probably took more strength than getting a divorce. And yet, the "family values" people criticize her for it. Would you like to explain just what your "family values" are? They seem pretty strange to me.

Armen Kurdian 1 month, 1 week ago

I saw Trump speak about 8-9 years ago in San Diego. During that speech, he talked about Marla Maples and how royally he screwed up with that. He basically called himself out as having done something pretty dumb. He did say that Ivana was a good mother to their children and a good woman.

Whatever the story being held back, he should come clean and just get it over with. Maybe he's denying it completely because if he did admit something, it would blow up with the other women who have accused him of this or that.

Steve Hicks 1 month, 1 week ago

"...he should come clean."

Agreed. Telling the truth is the right thing to do: but it's everybody's personal choice to tell the truth, or lie. It's not a political question.

But we've all seen how committed Trump is to telling the truth. The messy consequences of his lying are all his, and no one else's.

Wisdom would be to "come clean and just get it over with." The right thing, even at this late point, would be to tell the truth. There's always hope that any sinner may repent.

But I'll be glad to take all bets from anyone who believes Trump will do the wise thing, or the right thing.

Brock Masters 1 month, 1 week ago

Trump doesn’t worry about his base but I’m sure he fears Melanie.

Daniel Kennamore 1 month, 1 week ago

As he should.

Adultery is illegal in New York and if this is true it would nullify his pre-nup with her.

We could be heading for the first ever divorce while in office of a sitting president.

Richard Heckler 1 month, 1 week ago

From what I have read both have quite a history with any number of women. Trump the Rump with his clammy claws up some woman's skirt forcing his way beyond her undies while on an airplane. Yes it is more than only Stormy.

Yes the Gropers ......... are on the loose.

Bob Smith 1 month, 1 week ago

Citation, please, Richard the heckler?

Gene Douglas 1 month, 1 week ago

I tuned in to watch the two 'bobs' heckle and jeckle richard....makes my day!!!

Bob Summers 1 month, 1 week ago

This would be news if Stormy were transgender.

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 1 month, 1 week ago

More gaslighting, Bob? Why not try and defend your lord and master. Oh yeah, because he's guilty and cannot be defended.

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