President Donald Trump attempted to legally prevent Stormy Daniels from publically discussing their alleged sexual encounter as recently as February 2018.
The Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday that in a phone call, Trump instructed his then-personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, to obtain a restraining order against Daniels through a confidential arbitration proceeding.
The phone call reportedly took place in February, at a time when Daniels was considering giving a tell-all interview about their alleged relationship, despite signing an October 2016 nondisclosure agreement.
A source told the publication Trump asked Cohen to coordinate the arbitration with his son, Eric Trump, and an additional attorney who had represented Trump and the Trump Organization.
Eric then tasked a Trump Organization attorney in California to sign off on the arbitration paperwork, the source stated.
News of the president and his son’s efforts to silence Daniels suggests Trump was directly involved with the Trump Organization as recently as 2018 — a contradiction to public statements made by the Trump Organization, the White House, and Cohen.
In March, the Trump Organization denied playing a role in the arbitration between Daniels, as well, saying the company’s attorney only assisted in an “individual capacity,” according to a statement published by the Wall Street Journal.
The White House also denied Trump’s involvement in the $130,000 hush payment Daniels received ahead of the 2016 election in exchange for her silence about the alleged sexual encounter.