“Full Disclosure” follows other explosive books about Mr. Trump and his administration, including Michael Wolff’s best-seller “Fire and Fury,” James Comey’s “A Higher Loyalty,” Omarosa Manigault Newman’s “Unhinged: An Insider’s Account of the Trump White House” and most recently, Bob Woodward’s “Fear: Trump in the White House,” which has dominated headlines with insider accounts of turmoil, instability and paranoia inside the White House. Mr. Woodward’s book became an instant blockbuster this week, selling more than 750,000 copies, and Simon & Schuster ordered a ninth printing, which will bring the number of hardcover copies in print to more than 1,150,000.
“Full Disclosure” could inflict further damage, and is likely to put the White House on edge. The publication will bring Ms. Clifford’s story back into the headlines, just weeks before the contentious midterm elections, and could draw new public scrutiny to her allegations about the affair and efforts by Mr. Trump and his former lawyer, Michael Cohen, to cover it up.
Ms. Clifford has already spilled some of the details of the alleged affair, and has given splashy interviews on “60 Minutes,” Jimmy Kimmel Live and in Vogue. But she now promises a more detailed version of events. Shortly before the 2016 election, Ms. Clifford was paid $130,000 by a shell company created by Mr. Cohen, in exchange for not publicly disclosing a sexual relationship she said she had with Mr. Trump in 2006. Ms. Clifford sued earlier this year to have the agreement deemed unenforceable, arguing the contract, which Mr. Trump never signed, was illegal. She also sued the president for defamation.
The scandal may pose one of the most serious legal threats to Mr. Trump’s presidency. Last month, Mr. Cohen pleaded guilty to violating campaign finance laws by making the payment to Ms. Clifford, and said that he did so at the direction of Mr. Trump.
Mr. Cohen and Mr. Trump recently indicated that they are willing to tear up the nondisclosure agreement, but Ms. Clifford and her attorney, Michael Avenatti, have not accepted the offer.