Almost immediately after Stormy Daniels went on 60 Minutes to talk about the ways in which she said she was threatened and intimidated to keep quiet about her alleged affair with Donald Trump, Trump’s lawyer used his own lawyer to threaten and intimidate her with a cease and desist letter.
The biggest revelation from Daniels’ chat with Anderson Cooper concerned an incident that allegedly occurred in 2011. According to Daniels, a few weeks after she had agreed to sell her story about Trump to a magazine (a deal that two former employees of the publication said fell through because Cohen threatened to sue), a man approached her in a parking lot and told her, “Leave Trump alone. Forget the story.” Daniels also recalled that this man, “leaned around and looked at my daughter and said, ‘That’s a beautiful little girl. It’d be a shame if something happened to her mom.’ And then he was gone.”
In the letter to Daniels released Sunday night, Cohen’s lawyer, Brent Blakely, demanded that Daniels stop making “false and defamatory statements” about Cohen, “namely that he was responsible for an alleged thug who supposedly visited Ms. Clifford, while she was with her daughter, and made an alleged threat to Ms. Clifford.” The letter then goes on to assert that Cohen had “absolutely nothing” to do with the incident, which he doesn’t believe occurred. According to Fox News, the letter was also sent to Daniel’s attorney, Michael Avenatti.
As many have pointed out, Daniels never explicitly claimed that this unknown goon was hired by Michael Cohen in the 60 Minutes interview. But it seems that, for some reason, Cohen’s legal team was happy to make that leap.