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Trump lawyers ask judge to dismiss Stormy Daniels lawsuit

By Edvard Pettersson and Erik Larson • Oct 9, 2018 at 1:00 PM

LOS ANGELES — Presidential Donald Trump says that after Stormy Daniels spilled the beans on their alleged 2006 tryst in a just-published book, it makes no sense for them to keep fighting in court over a $130,000 hush agreement she signed before the 2016 election.

Lawyers for the president asked a Los Angeles federal judge Monday to throw out the lawsuit filed by the adult-movie star, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, that challenges the validity of the nondisclosure agreement she signed with Trump’s longtime fixer and lawyer, Michael Cohen.

The lawsuit is moot because Trump has consented that the agreement, as she has claimed, was never formed because he didn’t sign it and he has agreed not to try to enforce it, Trump said in his court filing.

Meanwhile, Daniels has conducted herself as if the agreement was already void by discussing the alleged affair on television and in her recent book, “Full Disclosure,” according to the filing.

“The purported settlement agreement unambiguously prohibits such activities,” Trump said.

Daniels’ lawyer, Michael Avenatti, said he stands by his earlier argument that it’s in the public interest to keep the case going so the truth about the agreement can be made public. He said the president’s claim about the publication of Daniels’ book is irrelevant.

“We are not concerned about it,” he said.


(Pettersson reported from Los Angeles, Larson from New York.)


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