President Donald Trump and his former personal lawyer, felon Michael Cohen were soon expected to be exempted from the hush money case, but adult entertainer Stormy Daniels seem to be liking the spat with the President.
During a hearing on Tuesday in Los Angeles, Daniels, whose legal name is Stephanie Clifford, filed a lawsuit to have the much disputed non-disclosure agreement, which she claimed Trump didn’t sign, declared invalid.
Daniels had signed a NDA, which restricted her from disclosing any information about her alleged affair with Trump in 2006, while he was married to First Lady Melania Trump. In March 2018, she sued Trump and Cohen’s shell company, Essential Consultants, claiming the agreement to be void because Trump never signed it.
Trump’s attorney, Chris Harder, and Cohen’s attorney, Brent Blakely argued that there is no contract left now to dispute over. They said the case should be dismissed, as they have said they will give Daniels what she has asked for by tearing up the NDA.
Attorney Blakely added that Michael Cohen would also not seek any repayment of $130,000 in hush money, which he gave to Daniels to keep her alleged affair with Trump confidential. However, Daniels has already spoken out the details, and has also written a book about the supposed encounter.
After hearing the arguments from all sides over whether Daniels should be allowed to proceed to declare the NDA invalid, federal court Judge S James Ortero appeared inclined to agree with the attorneys of Trump and Michael Cohen. However, he didn’t rule on the motion to dismiss the case.
He said to Daniels’ attorney, Michael Avenatti, “It seems you’ve achieved … what you sought to achieve.”
Avenatti disagreed and called for an agreement signed by Trump himself stating that he will not sue Daniels for breaking the NDA. Admitting he wanted the case to proceed to force Trump to answer questions under oath, Daniels’ attorney said that he wants Trump and Michael Cohen to pay for the costs of the lawsuit.
Judge Otero said that he was “comparing apples and oranges” stating: “You’re arguing from emotion.”
Trump’s attorney Harder said that Daniels had already “got what she wanted”. He also promised on behalf of Trump in the court to tear up the NDA. Agreeing, Blakely agreed adding that Michael Cohen would also not ask for the repayment of $130,000 hush money given to Daniels.
However, Avenatti accused the pair of “lying” and making a legal u-turn. He told the judge that Trump and Cohen’s request was “improper” and “outrageous”.
While the judge didn’t say how he will rule, it is being expected that he would close the case against Daniels’ will to intricate it.