Published: Mon, July 30, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Stormy Daniels' husband appears in court in divorce case

Stormy Daniels' husband appears in court in divorce case

The taped conversation adds a new layer to the Justice Department's ongoing investigation of Cohen's involvement in payments to women who threatened Trump's public image in the months leading up to the November 2016 presidential election.

Former porn actress Daniels is suing Trump and Cohen, as well as the shell company Essential Consultants, seeking to invalidate a non-disclosure agreement she signed days before the 2016 presidential election that attempted to prevent her from speaking out about a one-night stand she alleges she had with Trump more than a decade ago.

Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Cliffords, claims to have engaged in an affair with the president in 2006 and is suing both Cohen and the president for allegedly damaging her reputation by denying the affair took place.

Following the arrest, Daniels' attorney Michael Avenatti said the arrest was "set up and politically motivated". Trump later reimbursed that payment, although he has denied any affair.

Otero ordered a three-month stay of the case in April in light of a federal criminal investigation of Cohen that is continuing in the Southern District of NY. But he has claimed that Avenatti's frequent public appearances could taint a possible jury.

During a community forum in West Hollywood, California, on Thursday, Avenatti claimed he had proof that the three women were "paid hush money prior to the 2016 election", although the attorney said he was "not at liberty to share" the evidence at the moment, according to the Associated Press.

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U.S. District Judge S. James Otero, in a hearing over the order, did not immediately issue the request but said that it represents "serious business".

While Avenatti did not elaborate on the alleged deals reached with his new clients in a brief interview with USA TODAY, he said that one of the payments was allegedly routed through tabloid media company American Media Inc., publisher of the National Enquirer.

We would be remiss if we did not mention that Avenatti said he would "absolutely" run for president and "defeat" Trump if the Democratic Party does not find the "right street fighter and the right person". "No more lies or lip service", Avenatti tweeted early Friday, EST. In a separate but potentially related matter, Cohen is under investigation by the Southern District of NY, which is also separate though potentially related to special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation to influence the 2016 election.

"Once the keeper of many of Mr. Trump's secrets, Mr. Cohen is now seen as increasingly willing to consider cooperating with prosecutors", the Times wrote.

Mr Cohen's lawyer, Lanny Davis, cautioned against believing everything that a lawyer says in the heat of a legal battle.

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