President TrumpDonald John TrumpChinese president vows to ‘significantly lower’ auto import tariff amid trade dispute McConnell sends warning over nomination votes Kudlow confronted over attacks on Obama deficit after rejecting CBO’s projections on Trump budget MORE‘s lawyer Michael Cohen on Tuesday filed a movement to dismiss a defamation lawsuit by grownup movie star Stormy Daniels who claims the president defamed her by denying an alleged 2006 affair.
The court filing, obtained by CNN, says Daniels’s defamation declare is nothing greater than an try and preserve the dispute in court docket and the media reasonably than transfer to personal arbitration proceedings.
The case is “fully with out advantage and seems to be a determined try by Plaintiff to maintain at the least a portion of this case out of arbitration,” Cohen wrote within the submitting.
Daniels’s lawyer Michael Avenatti has argued that his shopper’s fame has been harmed by Trump’s denial of the affair, which he stated was “meant to convey that Ms. Clifford is a liar.”
Cohen’s submitting comes a day after FBI brokers conducted a no-knock raid on his workplaces to acquire paperwork associated to Daniels and different issues, together with some communications with Trump, as a part of a referral from the workplace of particular counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE.
The raid didn’t look like straight associated to Mueller’s investigation.
Investigators on Monday seized paperwork associated to Cohen’s $130,00zero fee to Daniels, a fee he admits to creating weeks earlier than the 2016 election as a part of a nondisclosure settlement.
Cohen denies that the fee, which Trump stated final week he didn’t find out about, constitutes an unreported marketing campaign donation to the Trump marketing campaign.
Trump remarked Monday that the FBI’s raid on his lawyer’s workplace was a “shame” to the nation.
“It’s an actual shame,” Trump instructed reporters on the White Home. “It’s an assault on what all of us stand for.”
Trump additionally lashed out Tuesday with two morning tweets.
The president in two tweets posted simply after 7:00 a.m. declared that “attorney-client privilege is lifeless!” and referred to as the continued investigation headed by particular counsel Robert Mueller a “whole witch hunt.”