President Donald Trump has said that he would not seek to enforce a $130,000 hush agreement with Stormy Daniels, the adult film star that was set up before the election. Trump’s attorneys said in a court filing that the President does not think that the agreement is valid and he does not wish to go forward with threats to sue the film star for breaking the deal.
This move came just a few hours after a lawyer for the shell company who is Trump’s longtime attorney, Mr. Michael Cohen, used to seal the deal agreed to throw the agreement out. Essential Consultants, the company, asked Stormy Daniels to give back the $130,000 which she had received to stay silent about an alleged affair she claims to have had with Trump way back in 2006. The company also said that it has decided to no longer pursue an earlier threat to file a lawsuit against the film star after Cohen said that she could be on the hook for $20 million for having violated the deal.
Daniels real name is Stephanie Clifford. Although the developments mean that she could very soon be able to talk freely about her alleged affair with Trump, it also would likely mean the end of any kind of efforts to force Trump to give sworn testimony.
Michael Avenatti, Daniels’ attorney, wrote on Twitter that he has been practicing law for nearly 20 yrs now and never before has he seen a defendant so frightened to be deposed as Donald Trump. He said that this is more so surprising for a guy that talks so tough. He added that Trump is desperate and doing all he can to avoid having to answer his questions and he is all hat and no cattle.
Avenatti feels that he doesn’t have to accept the offer necessarily and insists that he won’t settle the case without first deposing Trump and Cohen. In a statement he said that he is tired of the constant delays and games being played and he wants these depositions as soon as possible.
Avenatti also claimed that he has other ways to pursue a possible deposition from Donald Trump and this is just one claim of the many he has filed.
Avenatti, who is also exploring a run for the Democratic presidential nomination, said that Trump’s relinquishing of his rights under the confidentiality deal would not put a stop to the lawsuit.