A “Catch 22″ is the dilemma or difficult circumstance from which there is no escape because of mutually conflicting or dependent conditions.” Even Presidents can find themselves in just such a situation. Donald Trump finds himself in that situation this morning. Sarah Sanders told reporters that Trump won an arbitration proceeding regarding the contract with Stormy Daniels.
The problem is that Trump can’t deny he knew nothing about the contract if he went to arbitration over a dispute relating to the contract.
The EVEN MORE TROUBLING CATCH 22 FOR TRUMP is that he has to pretend to be ignorant of the contract with Stormy Daniels since there was no disclosure regarding the payment of the $130,000 in compliance with Federal Election Rules. However if he pretends to be ignorant of the agreement, then it is more problematic for him to rely on it and demand that Daniels remain quiet. There is the question of the contract’s enforceability since it appears that it was never signed by David Dennison,the a.k.a. of Trump.
Mr. Cohen, t he attorney for Trump who said that he paid the money out of his own pocket,”David Dennison” is the “aka” of Donald Trump. However he declined to answe
r several follow-up questions, including whether Mr. Trump had been aware that Mr. Cohen made the payment, why he made the payment or whether he had made similar payments to other people.
The lawyer who represented Ms. Clifford in the 2016 negotiations, Keith M. Davidson, did not immediately respond to request for comment. Mr. Davidson also represented Karen McDougal, a former Playboy model who received a $150,000 payment in August 2016 that prevented her from going public with her own allegations of an affair with Mr. Trump.
The President and Michael Cohen seem to have a hard time getting their stories straight regarding this alleged contract. Just weeks before the 2016 election,Trump’s legal counsel Michael Cohen paid Daniels $130,000 of his own money, which he admitted to in February.
has said the President “vehemently denies”
any sexual encounte
r between the two.
It is important to understand that the Court could determine that there was an enforceable contract because Ms. Daniels accepted payment of the $130,000.00. However if there was fraud or coercion in the making of the contract then the Court could set aside the contract even if money was paid. Certainly the attorney for Ms. Daniels has suggested that she was induced by fraud or coercion to enter into the contract, and thus there would likely need to be a jury trial to determine whether fraud or coercion had affected Ms. Daniels in her decision to sign the contract and accept the money.
It is likely that by the time a jury trial would be completed the outrageous details of the sexual relationship Trump had with Daniels would be undisputed. Remember the story told on national television by Elana, the friend of Stormy.