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Stormy Daniels' lawyer says Donald Trump 'shamelessly deceiving court'

Stormy Daniels' lawyer says Donald Trump 'shamelessly deceiving court'

Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, is suing Trump and Cohen to void the nondisclosure pact, saying it's invalid because Trump never signed it.

Essential Consultants was set up by Cohen, who pleaded guilty in federal court last month to campaign-finance violations and other charges.

In addition to the offer to quash the agreement, Essential Consultants also agreed to back off its plan to fight Daniels in private arbitration and will not pursue a lawsuit against her, Brent Blakely, an attorney for the company, said in a letter to Daniels' lawyer.

US President Donald Trump and his former lawyer, Michael Cohen, both made clear that they are ready to be done with the legal drama involving adult film star Stormy Daniels. "The rescission of the Confidential Settlement Agreement will result in Ms. Clifford returning to Essential Consultants the $130,000 she received in consideration, as required by California law".

Common Cause has also accused the Trump Organization of wrongdoing in its handling of the payoff to Daniels. Daniels sued Trump in an effort to void her NDA, arguing that the agreement was invalid because Trump never signed it, or possibly because its objective was illegal.

Avenatti said in the filing on Monday that Daniels "vigorously opposes" dismissing the suit.

"I haven't had a chance to digest it, I just saw it on my email literally right before I came on", Avenatti said. The payments, technically campaign donations, vastly exceeded the maximum donations permitted by federal law, CNN reports.

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Cohen felt so strongly about the President that he once said he would take a bullet for Trump, but the relationship has frayed in recent months.

Daniels's case had been put on hold pending the outcome of the federal investigation into Cohen in NY; following his guilty plea, Daniels's attorney Michael Avenatti said they would move forward with efforts to make Trump give a deposition in the case.

He continued his attack on Trump in a Saturday afternoon tweet.

The two developments could kill efforts by Daniels' attorney, Michael Avenatti, to force the president to give sworn testimony about what he and his former lawyer, Michael Cohen, might have known about the deal, if a judge agrees to now dismiss the case. Avenatti, however, vehemently rejected Cohen's offer, telling the Times the deal was "dead on arrival".

"He is back to doing Trump's bidding and acting as a fixer", he added.

Cohen has recently told friends he feels isolated from the President and told ABC News in July that his first loyalty is to the country and his family, not Trump.

Cohen arranged a US$130,000 ($180,000) payment to Daniels in 2016 shortly before the election, as a part of a so-called "hush agreement" to keep her quiet.


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