It seems uncontrovertible that Donald watches 4 to 8 hours of television every day.
Usually Trump prefers to watch Fox. Fox was named 2017’s most influential show in media by news and opinion blog Mediaite, probably because the president himself tweets, talks about, and cites the show so often on his Twitter account.
Tonight at 7:00 the President will surely NOT be watching Fox. He won’t be watching the NCAA Basketball Elite Eight. He’ll be watching Stormy Daniels give an interview with Anderson Cooper. Most of America will surely be tuning in.
Daniels will be discussing a “hush agreement,” as Clifford put it in her own lawsuit, seeking to free herself from it. That agreement was signed on October 28, 2016 by Daniels, but not the President. That was the same day Comey, in a letter to Congress, may have cost Hillary Clinton the presidential election. The volatility of that political moment lends credence to Clifford’s charge that Cohen, in concert with Trump and his campaign, “aggressively sought to silence Mr. Clifford as part of an effort to avoid her telling her truth, thus helping to ensure he won” the presidency, according to court papers her lawyer, Michael Avenatti, filed in a Los Angeles county court. If there’s any truth to this coordination, and the Federal Election Commission substantiates it, the unreported hush money violated campaign finance laws.
The brilliance of Clifford’s legal and public-relations moves, including this Sunday’s long-awaited interview with Anderson Cooper on 60 Minutes, is that they outmaneuver Trump at every turn — which may explain his own reticence about the whole thing since the Wall Street Journal blew the lid off it in January. In a wide-ranging articleexploring the seven-year saga, there’s a fantastic quote attributed to Cohen, whom Clifford is accusing of breaching the hush agreement because he himself confirmed its existence to the press. “I didn’t fucking breach it!” Cohen is said to have yelled, according to the Journal, sounding every bit like any concerned friend would.
It’s tempting to see the 60 Minutes interview as the apex of the Stormy Daniels moment. But Avenatti believes the story has only just begun. “The president may be able to fire [Robert] Mueller, but he can’t fire me or my client, and we’re not going anywhere,” he said.
So as we watch the interview tonight, the interview itself will surely be memorable. However Trump’s reaction will be even more memorable. Will Trump remain silent on Twitter? Will he call upon his friends in Russia to threaten Daniels? Will Daniels and her lawyer become the victims of a lethal gas attack while sitting on a Park Bench? Will Melania be the first First Lady to become the Ex-First Lady while living in the White House? Stay tuned…