Stormy Daniels Lawsuit Raises Election Law Questions for Trump


Stormy Daniels Lawsuit Raises Election Law Questions for Trump

The attorney spoke the morning after Daniels sued Trump in Los Angeles Superior Court, saying a non-disclosure agreement about their "intimate" relationship is invalid because the then-New York businessman never signed it.

Avenatti, during an interview Wednesday on "Today", said the suit, if successful, would allow his client to "tell her story".

Clifford claims she had sex with Trump once and then carried on a subsequent yearslong platonic relationship.

According to the Washington Post, Clifford and President Trump used aliases to protect their identities in the alleged non-disclosure agreement meant to keep secret the president's extramarital affair with the adult entertainer.

The lawsuit filed by adult film actress Stormy Daniels against President Trump bolsters claims that the $130,000 payment for her silence about an alleged affair likely violated federal election laws, campaign-finance watchdogs said Wednesday. In the side letter agreement, the true identity of DD is blacked out, but Clifford's attorney, Michael Avenatti, says the individual is Trump.

Just last month, Cohen admitted to paying Clifford $130,000 of his own money back in 2016.

Michael Cohen, Trump's personal lawyer and a central figure in the Daniels' saga, did not respond to a requests for more information.

The documents, which the lawsuit refers to as a "hush agreement", includes a blank where Trump is supposed to sign - but he allegedly did not give his signature.

In January, The Wall Street Journal reported that Clifford had an affair with Trump in 2006, the year after he married Melania Knauss on Jan. 22, 2005, and a few months after their son, Barron, was born on March 20. In her past media appearances, Daniels is clearly worried/guarded about what she can say or insinuate - walking close to that line but very aware never to cross it.

"On information and belief, EC was created by Mr. Cohen with Mr. Trump's knowledge for one objective - to hide the true source of funds to be used to pay Ms. Clifford, thus further insulating Mr. Trump from later discovery and scrutiny".

Pressed again with the question, Avenatti later said, "My client doesn't have a desire to profit from her story".

Daniels said she wanted to speak out about the affair following the release of a recording in which Trump said he could "grab [women] by the p****" during an Access Hollywood segment.

Attorney Avenatti told HuffPost late Tuesday: "We confirm all facts as alleged in the complaint".

On Feb. 13, Cohen issued a public statement about the fiasco.

The lawsuit says Cohen has continued his attempts at silencing Clifford - including as recently as February 27, 2018.



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