The 2016 election was less than a month away, and Donald Trump's attorney had blown the deadline for paying Stormy Daniels to keep quiet about her alleged affair with the future president.
In an Oct. 17 email, an attorney for Daniels - a porn star whose real name is Stephanie Clifford - threatened to cancel the nondisclosure agreement by the end of the day.
That very morning, Trump's attorney, Michael Cohen, had created a limited liability company, public records show, that ultimately would serve as a vehicle for Daniels' payoff. But the money had not arrived. A second email to Cohen, a short time after the first, said Daniels was calling the deal off.