Stormy Daniels' Lawyer Says More Women Are Exploring Legal Cases Against President Trump
Multiple women are exploring potential legal cases against President Donald Trump, following the lead of an adult film actress who has filed a lawsuit in order to speak out approximately an affair she says she had with Trump in 2006, her attorney said Wednesday.
Michael Avenatti, who represents Stephanie Clifford — better known by her professional name Stormy Daniels — told BuzzFeed News that other women own reached out to him for representation in cases against Trump. Avenatti did not reply questions approximately the number of women, or the nature of their allegations.
When asked by BuzzFeed News whether other women had approached him approximately potential legal cases, Avenatti replied, “confirmed.”
Multiple women own accused Trump of sexual misconduct in the past, and Avenatti did not say whether any of the accusers were the same people who had approached him approximately legal representation.
Clifford received $130,000 as share of a 2016 settlement that barred her from discussing her alleged relationship with Trump, details of which own leaked out via friends and broken-down interviews. The payment came from Trump’s long-time personal attorney, Michael Cohen, who has said that he used his own money and that Trump did not know approximately the payment. The White House has also said Trump didn’t know approximately the payment.
Earlier this month Clifford sued Trump, claiming their “hush agreement” is invalid because he never signed it. She also wants to return the money in order to speak out approximately the alleged affair. Trump’s lawyers, meanwhile, are considering legal action to stop 60 Minutes from airing an upcoming interview with Clifford.
Cohen, Trump’s lawyer, has also sued BuzzFeed over the release of a file on the president’s alleged Russia connections.
Newly released documents also appear to link Trump’s company to the payment for the first time, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday. The documents display that an attorney who works for the Trump Organization, Jill Martin, was also listed as the counsel in an arbitration demand from the company that Cohen used to pay Clifford.
Martin is vice president and assistant general counsel at the Trump Organization, according to her LinkedIn profile.
Speaking on CNN Wednesday, Avenatti said the point of the arbitration was “to gag my client, area a muzzle on her and prevent her from speaking.” Avenatti went on to argue the documents display that there is no separation between Trump’s company and the company Cohen used to pay Clifford.
In an interview Wednesday on MSNBC, Avenatti said Clifford has been truthful approximately her relationship with Trump, and that whether the president wants to sue her, “our position is very simple. Bring it.”
Avenatti said he believes the $130,000 payment that Clifford received will ultimately be traceable to Trump.
When asked whether he would seek to depose the president, Avenatti added, “we’re not going to lay out our strategy, but that wouldn’t be a large stretch.”