President Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, he of the selfless $130,000 hush money payment straight out of his own pocket, has demanded that porn star Stormy Daniels pay $20 million for violating an NDA pertaining to her alleged affair with the President 20 times, according to the Washington Post.
There’s a lot to unpack there, considering the he said/she said transcript on this story keeps getting longer.
Stormy Daniels went public with her story that she had an affair with Donald Trump in 2006, just months after Melania had given birth to their son, Barron.
Then, it was revealed that Trump’s lawyer, Cohen, formed an LLC just weeks before the 2016 election to transfer $130,000 to Daniels, in connection with an NDA she signed pertaining to the allegations.
Cohen has maintained that the Trump Organization didn’t know anything about this payment, nor had anything to do with it, and that he in fact paid the money out of his own pocket. That story fell apart earlier this week when documents connected to the NDA surfaced with the signature of Trump Org. lawyer Jill Martin on them.
All the while, the White House has denied that this affair ever happened in the first place. That’s a lot of noise about an NDA to keep Stormy silent about an affair that “didn’t even happen.”
Daniels filed a lawsuit against Trump, claiming that the NDA was invalid because he never signed it.
This retaliatory lawsuit by Cohen seeks the $20 million in damages has been filed in federal court through that LLC, Essential Consultants.
Daniels’ lawyer, Michael Avenatti tweeted his response to this development.
The fact that a sitting president is pursuing over $20M in bogus 'damages' against a private citizen, who is only trying to tell the public what really happened, is remarkable. Likely unprecedented in our history. We are NOT going away and we will NOT be intimidated. #basta
— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) March 17, 2018
They’re not going away, and neither is this story. Daniels may prove to be the most damaging thorn in the President’s side.