"25. Also in January 2018, and concerned the truth would be disclosed, Mr. Cohen, through intimidation and coercive tactics, forced Ms. Clifford into signing a false statement wherein she stated that reports of her relationship with Mr. Trump were false". A few months ago made the explosive claim that she had engaged in a series of sexual encounters with Trump during 2006 and 2007.
Michael Avenatti, attorney for Stormy Daniels, the adult film star alleged to have had an affair with Donald Trump in 2006, sat down with Savannah Guthrie on Today Wednesday morning to discuss his client's case with the president.
Los Angeles lawyer Michael Avenatti filed a lawsuit on behalf of Daniels on Tuesday seeking to toss out the confidential settlement she signed just days before the November 2016 election.
One little-noticed provision in the agreement that was revealed Tuesday night expressly bars Daniels from communicating with Trump or his family 'for any reason'.
Daniels' claims that she wanted to come forward before the election but was "silenced" to ensure Mr Trump won the race. The lawsuit alleges that Cohen formed the LLC "to hide the true sources of funds to be used to pay Ms. Clifford, thus further insulating Mr. Trump from later discovery and scrutiny". "Mr. Trump did not sign".
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"I think she may have to, and she's prepared to do that", Avenatti said.
It looks like President Trump's problems involving porn star Stormy Daniels are escalating. But in February, Cohen claimed the payment was made out of his own pocket-seemingly to protect Trump from any potential blowback.
"Ms. Clifford was referred to by the alias "Peggy Peterson" or 'PP.' Mr. Trump, on the other hand, was referred to by the alias 'David Dennison, ' or 'DD, '" the lawsuit states.
The first option would involve Trump defending himself against Daniels' action.
The 2016 hush agreement directed that $130,000 be paid into the trust account of Clifford's then-attorney.
The president has never addressed the alleged relationship with Clifford publicly, and the White House has side-stepped questions about it with spokesperson Raj Shah telling members of the press he had never asked the president about the alleged relationship.
Cohen has said he paid Clifford $130,000 of his own money in 2016, the year Trump was elected president, but said neither the Trump Organization nor Trump's campaign was a party to the transaction, though he declined to say publicly what it was for. Clifford alleges that as recently as last week, Trump's attorney tried to initiate an arbitration proceeding against her.