Trump ends the charade, directly engages in Stormy Daniels lawsuit

Frederick Owens
March 18, 2018

"My client was physically threatened to stay silent about what she knew about Donald Trump", he said on CNN.

A lawyer representing Trump attorney Michael Cohen's company, Essential Consultants, claimed in federal court on Friday that Clifford had violated a nondisclosure agreement as many as 20 times.

The moves by the Trump legal team came just a day after it was reported that CBS's "60 Minutes" interview with Clifford and her attorney will air March 25.

In a letter to Mr Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, early last week, Ms Clifford offered to send the $US130,000 to an account nominated by Mr Trump so she could be released from a non-disclosure agreement she signed in October 2016.

The lawyer representing the adult film star Stormy Daniels alleges that some of the accusations she's making against President Donald Trump occurred while Trump was in office.

"I don't think there has ever been in an instance in the history of the United States where you had a sitting president who undertook a personal vendetta against a private US citizen who was merely looking for an opportunity to tell her version of events", Avenatti told MSNBC Friday night.

Clifford has said she was secretly paid $130,000 to keep quiet.

An accusation the Trump team denies.

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Avenatti said he was confident that people would believe her after watching her interview.

But, she said, "obviously we take the safety and security of any person seriously" and "certainly would condemn anyone threatening any individual".

This week, Avenatti claimed six other women had similar stories to tell, two of whom were similarly under nondisclosure agreements.

Clifford's counsel, Michael Avenatti, said the threat to pursue his client for millions and efforts to force the matter under the cover of anonymity amounted to bullying.

A shot of Mr Trump with Ms Clifford around the time of the alleged affair. The payment may have violated federal election law.

Ms. Clifford's initial deal has struck legal experts for its onerous terms, including its provision that she would be responsible for "liquidated damages" of $1 million for each breach of the agreement.

As reported by Politico, Trump's attorney has filed a motion to try and move Stormy's lawsuit into a federal court, with the filing listing Trump's name as a defendant. Harder appeared to be seeking to answer a key challenge from Ms. Clifford's lawyer, Mr. Avenatti, that in failing to sign the original deal, Mr. Trump was not bound by it.

A separate filing says Trump would join a request to have the case heard by an arbitrator.

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