- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 25, 2018

Stormy Daniels acknowledged lying in public statements in which she said she never had an affair with Donald Trump in 2006.

According to a “60 Minutes” interview that aired Sunday, the porn star whose real name is Stephanie Clifford said she felt pressured into signing both a $130,000 “hush money” agreement with Trump lawyer Michael Cohen in October 2016 and a later public denial of an affair that Mr. Cohen issued on her behalf earlier this year.

Ms. Clifford now maintains she had an affair.

“If it was untruthful, why did you sign it?” interviewer Anderson Cooper asked her.

Her reply was “they made it sound like I had no choice,” which prompted Mr. Cooper to note that “no one was putting a gun to your head.” Earlier in the interview, Ms. Clifford had claimed that a direct physical threat had been made against her in 2011 if she didn’t “leave Trump alone.”

Ms. Clifford agreed with Mr. Cooper’s prompt that she thought “there would be some sort of legal repercussion if you didn’t sign it.”

“Correct. As a matter of fact, the exact sentence used was, ‘They can make your life hell in many different ways,” Ms. Clifford said, elaborating that she believed the “they” in question was Mr. Cohen.

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