The gloves are off. The republican President Donald Trump’s attorney Michael Cohen has moved the Stormy Daniels vs. the US president, from the California State to Federal Court level where the justices are known to be more favorable to ruling in favor of honoring the arbitration agreement. The president is highly motivated to keep this case in the arbitration system for privacy reasons. In addition, the president’s attorney is filing for damages against Stormy Daniels to the tune of $20 million dollars. This time the president’s name along with his alias are a part of the legal documents.
On March 25, 2018, CBS “60 Minutes’ TV Show is set to air a tell-all show featuring Stormy Daniels, Once this airs, it would be very difficult for the president to file suit as he would open himself up to the discovery of evidence. In short, the president’s recent tactics which are intended to be threatening are not likely to be taken seriously. Frankly, the only way out would for the president to entice Ms. Daniels future discretion with several millions of dollars.
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On March 16, 2018, Edvard Petterson of Bloomberg penned the following report, “Stormy Daniels Faces $20 Million in Damages in Trump Lawsuit”
“Stormy Daniels may face more than $20 million in damages for violating a “hush agreement” that requires her to remain silent about an affair she alleges she had with President Donald Trump in 2006 and 2007.”
“It could be a strategic move to intimidate them,” said Joseph Rothberg, a lawyer with Brutzkus Gubner Rozansky Seror Weber LLP in Woodland Hills, California.”
“Federal judges, who are appointed by the president, are perceived as somewhat more conservative than California state court judges, who are elected, according to Rothberg, who isn’t involved in the case. On top of that, the anti-Trump sentiment in California may have played a role in the decision, Rothberg said.”
“Daniels faces $1 million in damages for each violation of the agreement, according to Friday’s filing. Essential Consultants said it will file a request at the earliest opportunity to force Daniels to arbitrate the case privately rather than to litigate it in open court.”
“She sued on March 6 to nullify the confidentiality agreement she says she struck with Cohen in October 2016, before the presidential election, to keep quiet about the alleged affair. She argues the document is invalid because Trump didn’t sign it, even though she took the $130,000 offered in exchange for her silence.”
“Cohen has said he paid it himself, through a company he set up. Cohen has previously said neither the Trump Organization or the Trump campaign were involved in the payoff.”
“The fact that a sitting president is pursuing over $20 million in bogus ‘damages’ against a private citizen, who is only trying to tell the public what really happened, is truly remarkable,” Michael Avenatti, Daniels’s lawyer, said in an emailed statement. “We are not going away and we will not be intimidated by these threats.”