Stormy Daniels filed an amended lawsuit against Trump’s personal lawyer on Monday. The former adult film actress claims that Michael Cohen defamed her and broke the campaign finance law when he brokered a hush agreement before the 2016 election. The lawsuit was filed in a Los Angeles federal court after a television interview where Stormy Daniels said she had unprotected sex with Donald Trump back in 2006. Stormy Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, also said that she was threatened for revealing this.
Daniels had also filed another lawsuit in state court against the validity of a $130,000 non-disclosure agreement regarding the affair with Trump. The former adult film star says that since Trump has never signed the agreement, it isn’t valid. Clifford also claims that there was an aggressive attempt by Trump and his lawyer to try and silence her, something she believes was done to help ensure Donald Trump won the election.
The White House has strongly denied allegations of an affair between Trump and Stormy Daniels. White House spokesman Raj Shah told reporters during a briefing on Monday that the President doesn’t believe that any of the allegations made by Daniels during the 60 Minutes interview are true. Trump has distanced himself from the 2016 agreement, and has not commented directly on the matter yet.
The nature of Trump’s involvement in brokering the “hush agreement” is also not known. The matter appears to have been exclusively handled by his lawyer. However, the lawyer representing Stormy Daniels, Michael Avenatti, says there’s evidence that suggests that Trump was in fact involved in this: an email sent by Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen.
The email sent to Keith Davidson, the lawyer who represented Stormy Daniels when she signed the hush agreement, had the subject line “PP vs DD.” The email warned against sharing the content of the agreement stated on the subject line without the written consent of Cohen or forwarding the same email to another party without the permission of Trump’s lawyer.
Avenatti says that the abbreviations PP and DD stand for Peggy Peterson and David Dennison. The lawyer believes that these names were aliases for Stormy Daniels and Donald Trump. The email was sent on February, 22nd this year and was signed by Michael D. Cohen, Personal Attorney to President Donald J. Trump.
According to Avenatti, this is a clear indication that even after months since the hush agreement was signed, there’s still a continued attempt by the President through his lawyer to try to silence Stormy Daniels. President Trump’s legal team has not yet responded to this amended lawsuit but it looks like this latest scandal won’t go away anytime soon.