Trump ends the charade, directly engages in Stormy Daniels lawsuit

Pauline Gross
March 18, 2018

Earlier on Friday, Avenatti told MSNBC and CNN that Daniels had been physically threatened and warned to remain silent about her relationship with Trump.

The company moved a lawsuit, filed by Ms Clifford two weeks ago in California state court against Mr Trump, to federal court, saying that neither Ms Clifford, Mr Trump nor the LLC are California residents and the amount of damages exceeds the US$75,000 limit for a case to proceed in state court.

The latest turn in the dispute trails what promises to be an explosive CBS 60 Minutes' interview with Clifford, scheduled for broadcast next Sunday.

Stephanie Clifford, who uses the stage name Stormy Daniels, arrives to perform at the Solid Gold Fort Lauderdale strip club in Pompano Beach, Florida.

Ms. Clifford had told inTouch that her affair with Mr. Trump started in 2006 and lasted for several months.

"The fact that a sitting president is pursuing over $20m in bogus "damages" against a private citizen, who is only trying to tell the public what really happened, is truly remarkable".

In a letter to Cohen on Monday, Daniels offered to return the $130,000 to an account designated by Trump so she could be released from the agreement, which she signed in October 2016.

Michael Cohen, a private lawyer for Trump, has said he paid Daniels $130,000 of his own money during the 2016 presidential election campaign.

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Despite the newly-bolstered legal firepower aimed at his client, Avenatti said he is "not going to stand for" attempts by Trump to "gag and muzzle" Daniels' telling of the affair.

"I think it will become apparent to people when they tune in to "60 minutes" on March 25 as to the details relating to the threat", Avenatti added.

Asked about Mr. Avenatti's allegation relating to threats on Friday, the president's press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, said she had "no knowledge" about it, but "obviously we take the safety and security of any person seriously".

The filing today is yet another bullying tactic from the president and Mr. Cohen.

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

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.

A shot of Mr Trump with Ms Clifford around the time of the alleged affair. She however violated the non -disclosure agreement claiming that Trump did not sign it and that made freed her from the obligation. "We will oppose this effort at every turn", Avenatti said.

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