Donald Trump Attempts Move in Stormy Daniels Defamation Suit
But let’s rewind.
On behalf of Daniels, Avenatti has brought several legal actions against Trump. The earliest lawsuit was filed in March in response to an arbitration demand that his side made over an alleged breach of a so-called “hush agreement.” The porn star challenges the validity of a deal that obligates her silence about an affair. Unfortunately for Daniels, the case has been paused due to the criminal investigation into Trump’s one-time personal attorney, Michael Cohen.
The more recent defamation lawsuit concerns a comment that Trump made after Avenatti released a sketch of a man who allegedly threatened Daniels into remaining silent back in 2011. Trump tweeted, “A sketch years later about a nonexistent man. A total con job, playing the Fake News Media for Fools (but they know it)!”
This defamation case is not paused. Cohen is not a co-defendant. And it’s taking place in New York, where a different judge ruled earlier this year that Trump isn’t immune from facing a defamation claim while in office.
Now Trump is looking to move the case, and in doing so, his attorney Charles Harder is attempting a bit of a double-step.