TEXAS: State Officials Investigate Notary For Failing To Properly Validate Stormy’s Non-Disclosure Agreement

The Dallas Morning News reports:

Texas officials are investigating whether a Dallas-area notary properly signed off on Stormy Daniels’ agreement to stay quiet about her alleged affair with President Donald Trump. The notary issue is the latest in a string of curiosities surrounding the murky deal involving Trump personal lawyer Michael Cohen and the adult-film actress, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford. Daniels sued Trump last week in California claiming the pact is invalid because Trump never signed it.

A notary in Forney, where Daniels lives, did not sign and date the 2016 agreement, which was finalized a few days before the presidential election. She also did not provide a certificate reflecting whose signature she was witnessing, according to the Texas Secretary of State. Texas law requires that notaries not only stamp documents, but sign and date them. They also must provide a certificate reflecting that they verified the identity of the signer or signers.

  • Paula

    Maybe Donnie brought his own “notary.” Somebody got some ‘splainin to do.

  • AtticusP

    I am so sick of this shit.

    If President Obama had said or done even 1/10 of 1% of what this fucking orange asshole has said and done, he would’ve been lynched, never mind impeached.

    And if that’s politically incorrect, too fucking bad.

    • Karl Dubhe

      Same with President Bush I and II, Reagan, Carter, shit even Nixon wasn’t this crooked.

      • Devon Rodriguez

        If you control Congress and are Republican this is standard operating practice….

        • AtticusP

          Exactly! IOKIYAR.

          • kareemachan

            And the evangelicals (ie, kwazy kwistians) love it.

    • Longpole

      Hang in there Stormy!
      She has the boobs, I mean balls to take him down.
      Each new story is like a pin in the trump voodoo doll.

    • That is politically incorrect.

      • Bluto

        Yet appropriate.

      • edrex

        finish the sentence….”too fucking bad.”

      • AtticusP

        Meh.

    • netxtown

      What gets under my skin the most is that he knows – and relishes the power and immunity afforded by the office. Arrogance. Selfishness. Self Serving. Self righteous. makes me want to puke.

      • AtticusP

        I am just hoping that Robert Mueller and Company are getting all of their ducks in a row. And I also hope that they take down Pence first (ala Spiro Agnew), before moving on to the main event.

        • …thus making Paul Ryan next in line. Not a good thing.
          Personally, I hope the effect of Mueller’s investigations is to so cripple the credibility of the current administration that, in conjunction with the Dems taking the House and/or the Senate, the Great Cheeto becomes a lame duck president two years early.

          • bzrd

            lyan ryan is going down too

          • AtticusP

            These things tend to play out very slowly. I’m hopeful that the special election in Pennsylvania tomorrow will be a harbinger of a Democratic landslide in November.

            If it is, that bodes well for the midterms. And if that happens, Paul Ryan will be consigned to the dustbin of history: a position that he very richly deserves.

          • Harley

            Don’t jinx us. I want every last progressive to get out and vote. No more talk of blue waves or democratic shutouts. That’s what was being said in 2016 and we see where that got us.

          • AtticusP

            I just said that I am “hopeful”.
            Believe me: after the last presidential election, I take NOTHING for granted.

    • Cucker “Dick” Tarlson

      Don’t read the story Joe just posted, then. Your brains will catch fire and melt out your ears.

    • TJay229

      ^^^This^^^

    • AtticusP
    • JT

      The utter outrage that is Drumpf should be put in the stocks and pelted with rotten shit. As a start.

    • Charles Griffin

      True

  • Jeffrey

    It seems amazing that the attorney of such a well known and powerful and rich a man as Trump could be this completely and totally useless.

    • Andymac3

      Cohen has always come across more as a thug than a lawyer.

      • perversatile

        ”Bag man”

        • Rick Jackson

          “consigliere”

          • perversatile

            Not in this U, S of A!

      • bzrd

        no wonder he’s so thugly

      • Jeffrey

        A thug who cant ever properly pay off a porn star is not a thug worth having tbh

    • prixator

      That’s what happens when you get the (well-deserved) reputation for stiffing the people you hire to work for you. The best won’t go anywhere near you, no matter what you offer.

      Look at all the losers coming and going from the White House.

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  • Lars Littlefield

    Yeah. Go after the notary . . . and his cat, too. Repugs will find somebody to take all the blame. Anyone or anything to exonerate his Trumpness.

  • Henry Auvil

    Of course she would live in a place called Forney.

    • BearEyes

      Next town over from Cate

      • Henry Auvil

        Which is the seat of Intercourse County, TX.

        • kareemachan

          Intercourse…. that’s just up the road aways from Purgatory, right?

          • Stubenville

            In Pennsylvania it’s near Blue Ball.

    • netxtown

      nothin but a damned speed trap.

  • ‘Til Tuesday

    I was a Notary, so I know that you absolutely have to verify the signatures of the person(s) who are signing the document. Because I could be held liable for notarizing a false signature, I refused to notarize outside of work even though I was able to do so.

    I also know from selling my house that one of the seller’s signatures was not notarized, and it caused a hold on the closing, that became a nightmare. The seller was deceased and it took some doing to be able to do the closing. The title company was ultimately held responsible for not notarizing the seller’s signature on one document.

    So, yeah, this is a problem for sure.

    • another_steve

      For a notary it’s a serious offense not to properly fulfill one’s duties in this regard. The notary is entrusted, after all, with the obligation to ensure that a person signing a document is who s/he claims to be.

      Absent this role – granted only to some – there would be societal/legal chaos.

    • RoFaWh

      This kind of mistake happens even with documents that aren’t notarized. My paternal grandmother’s will was thrown out because it turned out she’d signed it, then gone downstairs to a friend to have her signature witnessed, but Granny’s signature was deemed unwitnessed, as indeed it was. State law where she lived must’ve required such witnessing.

      This mistake is very easy to correct; just have the signer sign again over the first signature and witness that re-signature.

  • canoebum

    This is the updated version of the Disney classic, The Lady and the Trump. Let’s all watch and see if they are happily united at the end.

  • greenmanTN

    So it sounds like the agreement wasn’t really notarized, thus isn’t legally valid.

    Pity. I’m shivering in antici…. disgust for the details. But if it helps take Trump down I’m all for it.

  • Kevin Andrews

    Call out the Keystone Kops. If it is shady, underhanded or illegal; the Shitgibbon’s fingerprints are all over it.

  • Sam_Handwich

    The notary, Erica Jackson, told The News in a brief conversation
    Friday that she could not recall the document and declined to be
    interviewed. She could not be reached Monday for comment about the
    complaint

  • justmeeeee

    Whatever happened to “sealed with a kiss” as a binding condition?

    • edrex

      whatever she subjected herself to, i feel confident that there was a “no kissing” clause. (god. i hope.)

  • Devon Rodriguez

    WOW how much tax payer money is going to be spent to polish up the DOTARD…

    Just accept that he is a PIECE OF SHIT

    http://www.menstrait.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/donald-trump-money-meme-805×525.jpg

  • pansarkraft
    • Treant

      It should be titled, “Stormy Daniels Can Afford Much Better Lawyers Than The White House Because She Actually Pays Them.”

      • pansarkraft

        I listened twice now just to get a better understanding of the whole thing. Worth the listen!

  • boobert

    It’s always someone else’s fault ! lol

  • Mike in Houston

    And by law, Texas Notaries are required to track everything in a log book.

    • Cuberly Deux

      Same with CA.

      • lattebud

        And I know when I use the Notary at my Credit Union, that book is pristine and kept locked up.

  • Sam_Handwich

    o/t

    we really lucked out the last two storms, got very strong winds, but all rain.

    not so much this time, and the newest model runs today just keep piling it on! we live roughly where the “195” marker is

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DYHjfGxX4AA7U8o.jpg

    • Treant

      1 to 2″ here.

      On the up side, they called us for a foot last time. We got 2″ of quickly melting slush.

      • olandp

        It only got up to 66 degrees here today.*

        *Tell me again how stupid I am because I live in Florida.

        • Treant

          Call me in May. 🙂

    • nocadrummer

      Well Worcester, that’s probably 8 to 12 inches more than Stormy got.

    • JT

      Not the 15-20 inches that would be nice.

    • CousinJasper

      Greetings from just up the road in Saugus. While Sam probably is familiar with Saugus (home of the giant green neon cactus), for the non-locals, it’s just above the “t” in Boston. I hope everyone in the area has a safe day at home tomorrow. Can’t say the same for myself. On its FB page the company I work for (a chain of 70 retail locations) touts how wonderful it treats its employees and safety comes first and no one is obligated to come to work, but at the store level the message is that if you’re scheduled to work you’re expected to be at work and if you get in an accident to or from work, that’s just TFS for you.

  • ‘Til Tuesday

    One further comment as a former Notary: when you notarize legal documents you are putting yourself in line to be dragged into legal proceedings. Things like Wills, Power of Attorney, and Non-Disclosures are risky in the sense that they have a higher likelihood of being challenged in court. If you screw up on the document, you can be held liable and one party or both can sue your ass. I had a $1 million bond just in case something went wrong as I was sued.

    • Natty Enquirer

      That’s the purpose of being a Notary, isn’t it? Not like people are asking you to work for free.

      • ‘Til Tuesday

        I was a corporate Notary so I received no compensation for that. I was free to notarize outside of work but I didn’t do it for liability reasons. I didn’t feel like going to court over disputes on Wills, etc.. Notaries don’t get rich of of it – usually it’s something they do on the side or as an adjunct to other work they do.

    • Longpole

      Maybe trump will pay the notary’s legal fees?

    • CB

      You’ll love this, then. When I (insanely, I admit) moved to the suburbs of CT from NYC, I used to ride the train with the same group of people. One of the women in the group was a notary, and she’d stamp ANYTHING. People used to bring her stuff all the time and say, “Yeah, that’s my kid’s signature,” and the kid would be nowhere to be seen.
      My office manager now is a notary, and even though she’s seen me every day for a bunch of years, she will not notarize anything she doesn’t actually see me sign. I respect that.

      • ‘Til Tuesday

        She’s really lucky she wasn’t sued. It’s a total violation of state law to notarize without signature verification.

        • CB

          I know. But it was the bar car from GCT to New Haven, so I think judgment was not her long suit. And, yes, lucky.

      • kareemachan

        The only time I’ve seen a notary do something not by the book was when my grandmother passed away, her one son had died in a plane crash the week before, and her other son (my father) was in the hospital with clinical depression and in no position to travel multi-state to deal with the situation..

        I honestly begged a co-worker who was a notary to give us the get-go to get my grandmother’s ashes and have a memorial service. He did it, but VERY reluctantly. Ron, I still bless you for this. We were all just melted jello molds at this point, and could NOT deal.

      • iambu

        What a stamp tramp!

        I’m sorry, I’ll show myself out now…

    • Jalapeño Business

      And that’s the simplicity of being a notary. We’re only being asked to verify the signatures, not what’s in the document. To have this fall back on a notarial error is ridiculous.

  • Silver Badger

    Is paying hush money legal?

    • Treant

      Technically, if the action isn’t illegal? Yes, you’re just paying for a commodity–a person’s silence. Hence the non-disclosure agreements in so many contracts

      If the action is illegal, the contract is not valid.

      While I ANAL as much as possible, I am not a lawyer.

      • pansarkraft

        Adultery is illegal in NY so, no

        • Treant

          Is it? I’m surprised.

          • pansarkraft

            So is starting an LLC in Delaware to pay someone to cover a crime (adultery in NY, non-disclosed election finance law etc)

      • Silver Badger

        Thank you. I don’t suppose the actions in question are illegal at this time. Distasteful, yes.

        • clay

          Embezzling money from Trump Properties to make an illegally large, illegally undisclosed campaign contribution is illegal.

        • Charlie In SF

          I wonder what Melania’s revenge will be?

      • shivadog

        Doesn’t this all start with prostitution? I find it hard to imagine someone having sex with Trump, but doing it for free would seem inconceivable. Or are we supposed to believe that she was just attracted to him because he is such a buff hottie?

        • Treant

          Or, like porn, they get paid for the acting. She was paid for the date…not the sex…

          • RoFaWh

            Every interview with a prostitute that I’ve read includes remarks about a good half of the customers just want somebody to talk to.

          • Treant

            Which would be illegal, we call that “therapy” and said prostitute never claimed to be licensed. 🙂

    • TampaDink

      IOKIYAR.

  • Jim Maloney

    This ‘whole Stormy thing’ is turning out to be the classic Trump ineptitude and dysfunction that we’re seeing almost daily with him and his team except now he’s being held more accountable.

  • Cuberly Deux

    In CA it’s applying your notary stamp, no certificate required. Unless of course that’s changed.

    Not confirming the signing parties with no documentation in a log book afterwards is….uh….BAD.

    Me thinks Cohen is freaking the hell out right now.

    • kareemachan

      I’m not sure he has the ability to freak out.

    • clay

      “Says who?”

      /s

      • RoFaWh

        “Sez” is the usual spelling in that phrase.

    • Charlie In SF

      At the very least he’ll be suspended by his state bar assn. But if he’s already going to jail on plea deal, won’t he have to allocate to everything?

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  • Sam_Handwich
  • edrex

    what are the implications for Ms. Daniels’ case? does this relieve her of any obligation of silence?

    • kareemachan

      Yup. Illegal is illegal.

  • Henry Auvil

    I guess we can now officially name this scandal “Stormygate”.

    • Henry Auvil

      My favorite “gate” was back in ’06 when that Palm Beach GOP douche Mark Foley got nailed sexting under-aged male interns. The blogs dubbed it “Masturgate”. LOL

  • kareemachan

    “Only the bestest people”, right?

  • gaycuckhubby

    I think we should be prepared for Trump to serve out his term. The house intel comittee just ended investigation. proclaiming that Russia DID NOT interfer to help Trump

    • Karl Dubhe

      The foxes say it wasn’t them who ate that chicken?

      Ok…

    • Ross

      That you are surprised…is surprising.

      OF COURSE the House committee proclaimed as such.

      And so will the Senate committee.

      My money has always been on Mueller.

  • ColdCountry

    Oopsie!

  • William

    The agreement isn’t worth squat if the notary seal is missing or invalid.

    • Reality.Bites

      It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that notarial seal – from the album “Lesser Jazz Hits.”

      • William

        Doo wah, doo wah, doo wah, doo wah

    • Dot Beech

      It shouldn’t make any difference at all. None of the other parties are suggesting that Stormy Daniels didn’t sign. They will tell you again and again that she did.

      • Duck

        But did she? I mean without proper notarization, it could have been ME that signed the document.

  • JT

    A notary in Forney

    Failing to notarize a non-disclosure agreement with a Presidential candidate about paid sexual adventures can now be known as an instance of Forneycation.

    • Pat Padrnos

      Are you proud of yourself? Kudos!!

    • AaronD12

      Ah, Forney. We call ’em Home of the Gators. Get it? Okay, I’ll see myself out…

      (Wonders if he might have seen Stormy while driving around Forney…)

  • Cucker “Dick” Tarlson

    Stupid Watergate, part eleventy-seven.

  • Refugay

    This is now my third post on the topic-but I am more and more certain that Stormy will be the end of Trump. The Mueller investigation is way too complicated and too far reaching to sell to the American populace. The ramifications are way too risky to air publicly, Stormy is a gift. A simple story of right vs. wrong and a tale of a cover up. Once the details start to come out conservatives will distance themselves from Trump as he becomes a political liability rather than an asset. This rift will widen as we approach the 2018 midterms and after as the Republican challenger to the 2020 election ramps up their campaign. I expect Trump to be impeached for this.

    • iambu

      If she’s what ends up bringing him down, we should put her face on a postage stamp.

      (Yes I know there are more deserving people, just my periodic airing out of how much ENOUGH of this I’ve had!)

      • UrsusArctos 🐻

        It will have to be one of the old fashioned “Lick & Stick” kind of stamps.

        • Reality.Bites

          What would you use it for? Mailing an elephant to Antarctica might cost $130,000 I suppose.

      • Charlie In SF

        I’m sure Stormy is not the only porn actress he’s paid off. Putin has the tapes.

    • Rambie

      Stormy Daniels is the best thing to come out of the Trump Administration thus far.

    • John30013

      From your keyboard to FSM’s noodly appendages!

    • RoFaWh

      You over-estimate how much the deplorables really care about such sexual peccadilloes. As long as he is (or pretends to be) anti-abortion, anti-gay, and pro-gun, they won’t give even the tiniest of damns at the not unexpected news of Trump’s sexual incontinence.

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  • ECarpenter

    I’ve never dealt with a notary in Texas who did not stamp, sign and date the documents they were notarizing, and provide a certificate. I guess that kind of service costs more.

    • Rambie

      More than Trump was willing to pay

  • boatboy_srq

    I think someone just lost all the money from his HELOC.

  • trouble94114

    oopsie

  • Stubenville

    The only good to come of this is that I constantly think of the amazing Lena Horne when I hear Ms. Daniels’ first name.

    https://youtu.be/vDapU6bXsks

  • Carl Edwards

    Well what did the notary do???

  • ohbear1957

    Stormy weather can be a bitch.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fth9Z25iqyA
    A smart bitch.

  • evanedwards

    How is it that Trump’s “brilliant” ivy league educated lawyer failed to notice these glaring problems with a simple notarization procedure? Many laymen know what’s required for proper notarization. I’m having a hard time buying that this is accidental. This smells of Pence.

    • RoFaWh

      I smell nothing more than the stink of the usual Trump carelessness. They are incompetent but have in the past gotten away with so many minor infractions of the law that they thought any old notarization would do. Never mind that for at least two years, since he declared his candidacy for the presidency, Trump has been living in the bright glare of public interest and nothing is so minor that it escapes scrutiny.

      This time, that carelessness seems to be making a difference.

  • JCF

    “Because that’s the REAL crime here!” /s

  • Greg B.

    The next “America’s sweetheart” is a hardcore porn actress. Because it’s 2018 and everything is fucked.

    • Ann Kah

      She is a “hardcore porn actress” with the upper hand over Trump, and more brains than the president, Vice President, and Jared put together.

    • RoFaWh

      IMO, having a hardcore porn actress as America’s sweetheart is a highly progressive step and should be celebrated with torchlight parades, fireworks, and other indications of national joy.

      At least she’s not being evasive about the nature of her work.

  • Jerry Smith

    I bet he is waiting for the Dems to take control of both the Senate snd House in November, then get all of them for something illegal starting Trump, Pence, Ryan and McConnell. Then say Hello President Nancy Pelosi 😁