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An adult film actress has offered to pay Donald Trump the $130,000 in "hush money" she claims his lawyer gave her, in order to speak freely about her alleged affair with the president.

Daniels' lawyer wrote a letter to Michael Cohen, Trump's lawyer, that she would send the money to an account that Trump chose by Friday, the New York Times reports. The letter from Avenatti says a condition of Clifford's offer is Trump and his attorney will not take legal action to stop the interview from airing.

Stormy Daniels, a porn star who alleges she had an affair with the president a decade ago, has offered to return the $130,000 in hush money she received from his lawyer in 2016. But her spokeswoman said last month that Daniels planned to "tell her story", prompting Trump's lawyers to obtain a temporary restraining order from a private arbitrator.

Avenatti's proposal to Cohen requires the signatures of "all parties", including the president, The New York Times reported.

Days after Stormy Daniels' lawyer confirmed that his client had an alleged affair with President Trump (prior to his presidency), Trump has commented on how his wife, Melania, is doing.

Good-government groups have questioned the payment Cohen made, suggesting it may have violated election rules - especially after news he arranged the payment with his Trump Organization email address.

Although Clifford has been making public appearances around the country, she's remained silent about the alleged 2006 affair with the president after receiving the hush money from Cohen just before the 2016 US presidential election. In exchange, the settlement agreement between Clifford, Trump and Cohen's company would be "deemed null and void in their entirety".

The offer from Avenatti came after White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told a briefing last week that Trump had won an arbitration proceeding against Clifford.

Fox News hosts Dana Perino and Brian Kilmeade are not impressed with cable news rival CNN's coverage of the Stormy Daniels scandal, as the two joked that journalists reporting on the pornstar's alleged affair are asking themselves "why" they even went to "journalism school". Daniels and Avenatti, though, argue that it means that there is no existing agreement between Daniels and Trump, and that Daniels can speak on the subject as she pleases. Stelter detailed the conversation in Monday's "Reliable Sources" newsletter, and the following gem was pointed out by White House communications strategist Mark Miller.