'Porn star Clifford is liable to pay $20 million'

Glen Norman
March 19, 2018

Trump's lawyer, Michael Cohen, reportedly paid Daniels $130,000 to stay silent about her alleged 2006 affair with Trump, a little over a week before the 2016 election.

Trump's attorneys also filed a separate motion Friday claiming that Clifford violated a confidentiality agreement as many as 20 times, and could be on the hook for $20 million in damages.

Trump's reason for asking that the case be moved probably concerns the Federal Arbitration Act, which makes arbitration the preferred forum for resolving many kinds of disputes.

Daniels sued Trump last week in California state court in an attempt to get the agreement nullified. Trump may be hoping that his chances of keeping the dispute in arbitration and out of public view are better before a federal judge than a state one. Until now, Trump has tried to keep his distance from the Daniels saga, instead leaving it to his personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, to deal with.


In the lawsuit filed last week in Los Angeles, Mr Avenatti claims Mr Trump never signed the non-disclosure agreement that his lawyer made with Ms Clifford, claiming that would make it null and void, and making public the agreement and related documents.

However, Stormy is seeking help through an online fundraiser to help her fight the legal fees against Trump and to return the six-figure payment. Trump's name surfaced in one of two motions his legal team filed on Friday.

Asked if Daniels was physically threatened, Avenatti said "yes", but did not provide details.

"The President and Mr. Cohen have purposely ignored our settlement offer, thus doubling down on their efforts to muzzle Ms. Clifford and prevent her from telling the American people what happened", Avenatti tweeted. Trump's representatives have denied the allegations that he had an affair with Clifford.


"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 USA citizen who was merely looking for an opportunity to tell her version of events", Avenatti told MSNBC Friday night. He said Clifford would elaborate on it during a CBS 60 Minutes interview due to be broadcast on 25 March.

"We are not going away and we will not be intimidated by these threats".

In a statement late Wednesday, the Trump Organization said Martin worked on the filing in her "individual capacity" and the company "has had no involvement in the matter".

President Donald Trump is finally weighing in on the Stormy Daniels saga.


I need funds to pay for: attorneys' fees; out-of-pocket costs associated with the lawsuit, arbitration, and my right to speak openly; security expenses; and damages that may be awarded against me if I speak out and ultimately lose to Mr. Trump and Mr. Cohen.
Since the agreement stated that Daniels could be fined $1 million "for 'each breach, '" Cohen argues that she owes him $20 million.

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