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  • "The President of the United States stands accused of sexual misconduct by

  • more than a dozen women over a period of decades." "His hands were all over me."

  • Donald Trump is no stranger to scandal and allegations of sexual misconduct.

  • "Grab 'em by the pussy." And each time Trump seemingly escapes

  • consequences unscathed. "Donald Trump approached me then his hand touched the

  • right inside of my breast." But recent lawsuits brought against Trump

  • may put his whole presidency at risk. And it may not even matter if the women

  • behind them are successful in court.

  • The woman suing Trump are porn actress and

  • director Stephanie Clifford who's better known by her stage name

  • Stormy Daniels and former contestant on The Apprentice Summer Zervos. Daniels

  • claims she had consensual extramarital sex with Trump at a golf tournament in 2006

  • "A guy walked up on me and said to me leave Trump alone forget the story"

  • She also claims that she and her child were later threatened to keep silent and

  • that she was essentially paid hush money to sign a nondisclosure agreement.

  • To put it simply she's suing Trump and his lawyer Michael Cohen to void that

  • agreement. Summer Zervos on the other hand claims she was sexually assaulted

  • by Trump at a hotel in Beverly Hills. Zervos isn't suing Trump for sexual

  • assault thoughthe statue of limitations on that is passed. Instead she's suing

  • for defamation which means she's accusing Trump for ruining her

  • reputation through comments he made that she was a liar and that she invented

  • these accusations for attention. The thing is the lawsuits brought by either

  • Daniels or Zervos could be incredibly damning for Trump's presidency even if

  • they ultimately lose their cases. The first risk to Trump is if either

  • case moves into the discovery phase the process were lawyers seek information

  • from opposing parties to build their case. Trump may not be able to fend off

  • these requests. If the lawyers did find evidence of misconduct related to their

  • clients' cases or even evidence involving other individuals they would be able to

  • release those documents to the press or to the public. The next big risk for

  • Trump is the prospect of a deposition if deposed Trump would have to answer

  • questions under oath and Trump who has a strained relationship with the truth

  • would likely be at a particularly high risk of perjuring himself.

  • We've actually been here before. Paula Jones sued former President Bill Clinton in 1994.

  • Now Jones ultimately lost her case but that didn't matter.

  • Clinton perjured himself in deposition and ended up impeached though he was

  • later acquitted by the Senate. Zervos and Daniels are far from alone in accusing

  • Trump of sexual misconduct. "I didn't know any of these women I didn't see these

  • women these women the woman on the plane the woman - I think they want either fame

  • or her campaign did it." These lawsuits could be a chance for these women

  • to be vindicated.

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Why the Stormy Daniels lawsuit matters

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    Samuel posted on 2018/04/02
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