Trump lawyer to seek halt to Stormy Daniels' lawsuit

President Donald Trump walks on the South Lawn as he leaves the White House in Washington Friday Jan. 5 2018 enroute to Camp David Md. for the congressional Republican leadership retreat

President Donald Trump walks on the South Lawn as he leaves the White House in Washington Friday Jan. 5 2018 enroute to Camp David Md. for the congressional Republican leadership retreat

"What is your understanding of where things stand with Mr. Cohen, your adversary in this legal contest about Stormy Daniels's NDA?" anchor Nicolle Wallace asked Michael Avenatti.

Later Tuesday, Avenatti said he and Daniels will "fully cooperate with any search for the truth".

The interest in Ms Daniels and Ms McDougal indicates that federal investigators are trying to determine whether there was a broader pattern or strategy among Mr Trump's associates to buy the silence of women whose accounts could have harmed his electoral chances, and whether any crimes were committed in doing so, one of those people said.

Daniels, born Stephanie Clifford, is of course the porn star who alleges that the $130,000 agreement she signed to remain silent about an alleged affair is void. Avenatti is now helping her challenge that contract. "Unlike others, we don't require the presence of the fine members of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in order to speak honestly". "Now that Michael Cohen's files, including those on Stormy Daniels, are being looked at as part of a criminal investigation, there's no way he would want to go on the record and discuss that situation any more than he has to", he said. She has alleged that she had sex once in 2006 with Trump and was paid shortly before the 2016 election to keep quiet about it. Daniels claims Cohen's denials portray her as a liar and sued for defamation.

The FBI agents who raided Cohen's office were looking for information on potential campaign finance violactions, The New York Times reported on Wednesday.

If the payment came from Cohen, it could be considered an undisclosed campaign contribution, Avenatti said.

In a filing in California federal court today, the parties told the judge that the application to stay the case will be made "on the grounds that an ongoing criminal investigation overlaps with the facts of this case, and implicates Defendant Michael Cohen's Fifth Amendment rights".

Avenatti said Trump set his longtime fixer up to be his fall guy but warned the president that Cohen ultimately won't take the fall because he won't be able to take the heat.

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