Published: Mon, March 19, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

Stormy Daniels Is Raising a Whole Lotta Cash For Her Trump Lawsuit

Stormy Daniels Is Raising a Whole Lotta Cash For Her Trump Lawsuit

President Donald Trump and his personal attorney are trying to get a lawsuit by adult film star Stormy Daniels transferred to federal court - and they claim she's on the hook for at least $20 million for violating a secrecy agreement signed just before the election.

Trump will be represented in his case against Daniels by Charles Harder, who is best known for representing Hulk Hogan in the sex tape case that ultimately brought website Gawker down.

Earlier Friday, Avenatti said Daniels had been physically threatened to remain silent. The Wall Street Journal reported that a Trump Organization attorney was listed on confidential arbitration documents that included the restraining order against Daniels. Stormy is ready to reveal everything in her 60 Minutes interview, which is set to air on Sunday, March 25 at 7 p.m., but sources said Donald is prepared to handle whatever may come. Trump has since denied the allegations while Daniels has been clever by not confirming whether or not it's true during her several talks with the media.

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.

According to Friday's filing with the U.S. district court for the central district of California, Cohen now plans to force the dispute from state to federal court and into closed-door arbitration.

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"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 US citizen who was merely looking for an opportunity to tell her version of events", Avenatti told MSNBC Friday night.

Mr. Avenatti responded late Friday that the president was engaging in "bullying tactics" aimed at moving the case "behind closed doors, outside of public view and scrutiny". He added, "We are not going away, and we will not be intimidated by these threats".

"I think it will become apparent to people when they tune in to 60 Minutes ... the details related to the threat", Avenatti said on Morning Joe. Cohen, who has said he was not reimbursed by the Trump Organisation or the Trump campaign for making the payment, has not explained what the payment was for or whether Trump was aware of it.

In its motion, Trump's legal team indicates that it considers her liable for $20 million, for 20 breaches that it did not detail.

Harder appeared to be seeking to answer a key challenge from Ms. Clifford's lawyer, Mr. Avenatti, that in failing to sign the original deal, Mr. Trump was not bound by it.

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