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‘I Do Not Know Where It Came From’
Stephanie Clifford, the former pornographic-film actress known as Stormy Daniels, is not making life easy for the Trump administration. Just minutes after President Trump’s first State of the Union address ended Tuesday night, Ms. Clifford appeared on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” where she did not deny — or confirm — having an affair with Mr. Trump.
On Tuesday afternoon, a statement claiming to be from Stormy Daniels emerged that forcefully refuted all allegations of an affair. But on Mr. Kimmel’s show, Ms. Clifford strongly implied that she had not written that denial letter. (A lawyer for Mr. Trump had issued a separate letter signed by Ms. Daniels on Jan. 10 denying the affair. That letter was not in question here.)
Mr. Kimmel pointed out that the signature on the more recent statement did not appear to match her autograph on other documents. She agreed, saying, “It does not look like my signature.” He then asked where she thought the letter had come from. “I do not know where it came from,” she said. “It came from the internet.”
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According to a report last month in The Wall Street Journal, Mr. Trump’s 2016 campaign team paid Ms. Clifford $130,000 to sign a nondisclosure agreement about an alleged affair. While she did not explicitly admit to Mr. Kimmel that she had signed such an agreement, she seemed to come close.
KIMMEL: Do you have a nondisclosure agreement?
CLIFFORD: Do I?
KIMMEL: You can’t say whether you have a nondisclosure agreement. But if you didn’t have a nondisclosure agreement, you most certainly could say, ‘I don’t have a nondisclosure agreement.’ Yes?
CLIFFORD: You’re so smart, Jimmy.
At the end of the interview, Mr. Kimmel tried one more trick to coax out a definitive response. Ms. Clifford deftly deflected it.
KIMMEL: Have you ever made love to someone whose name rhymes with Lonald Lump?
CLIFFORD: I’ll call you whatever you want me to call you, baby.