White House Claims Trump Won Arbitration Against Adult Film Actress Stormy Daniels

| MAR 7, 2018 | 10:18 PM

During her press briefing on Wednesday, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders revealed that President Donald Trump won in arbitration against porn star and alleged former mistress Stormy Daniels, also known as Stephanie Clifford.

“The president denied the allegations against him and, again, this case has already been won in arbitration,” Sanders told reporters.

Her comments came a day after Michael Avenatti, Clifford's attorney, filed a lawsuit claiming, in part, that Trump's attorney, Michael Cohen, initiated a “bogus” arbitration.

The suit complained that Cohen never notified Clifford of the proceeding, which, it said, was “of no consequence” due to the lack of a valid agreement regarding the arbitration.

It's unclear whether Sanders referred to the same arbitration, however, since she did not provide additional details.

When asked about the arbitration's timing, she referred a reporter to Trump's personal attorneys.

She also reiterated her claim that Trump won the proceeding, a claim Clifford's attorney reportedly mocked:

Sanders indicated the president denied involvement in Cohen's reported payment, right before the election, to keep Clifford quiet.

“Look, the president has addressed these directly and made very well clear that none of these allegations are true,” she told a reporter who asked if Trump approved the payment.

While appearing on NBC's “Today” show on Wednesday, Avenatti argued that Trump's attorney signed a nondisclosure agreement that was invalid because although his attorney signed it, Trump himself did not.

He also suggested that Trump had knowledge of Cohen's payment.

“The idea that an attorney would go off on his own, without his client's knowledge, and engage in this type of negotiation and enter in this type of agreement — quite honestly, I think — is ludicrous,” he said.