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Stormy Daniels offers to return money received from Trump's attorney

Stormy Daniels offers to return money received from Trump's attorney Stormy Daniels offers to return money received from Trump's attorney
Diane Mills | 13 March, 2018, 11:19

He even told the Beast that Daniels would turn the speakerphone on when the then-reality show star would call her.

Cohen, who has admitted to facilitating the $130,000 payment to keep Clifford quiet, denies that the negotiations or the payment were made on behalf of the Trump Organization or the Trump campaign.

The actress also seeks to "use and publish and text messages, photos and videos relating to the president that she may have in her possession, all without fear of retribution or legal liability".

Daniels also sued Essential Consultants, a DE limited liability company formed by Trump's personal attorney Michael Cohen on October 17, 2016, apparently for the sole goal of paying Clifford $130,000 in exchange for her silence about a sexual affair with Trump.

The letter demands that once the money has been returned, the contract ensuring Ms Clifford's silence would be "deemed null and void". He has said the money paid to Daniels came from his personal funds.

The lawsuit claimed the "hush agreement" that was signed days before the 2016 presidential election is legally invalid because it was only signed by Clifford and Cohen and not by Trump.

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President Donald Trump is in more hot water for being less-than-presidential. Given the hints Daniels has already dropped about the type of thing she might release to the American people if unmuzzled, Cohen would be well-advised to hire as many lawyers as possible who are smarter than he is.

Trump's lawyers are reportedly preparing a legal action to block Stormy Daniels" silence-breaking interview with "60 Minutes' from airing next Sunday. The White House did not respond to a request for comment on Monday.

Good-government groups have questioned the payment Cohen made, suggesting it may have violated election rules - especially after news he arranged the payment with his Trump Organization email address.

The Times reports that her lawyer, Michael Avenatti, set a deadline of noon on Tuesday for Cohen to answer.

In return for giving back the money, Daniels wants an assurance that she won't be sued for a recent 60 Minutes interview she taped.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee-Sanders said last week that "arbitration was won in the President's favour" regarding the case, according to CNN.

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