Trump Lawyer's Claim 'Utter Fiction,' Says Daniels' Lawyer

A Trump Organization attorney has been linked to adult film actress's case
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 15, 2018 2:10 AM CDT
Trump Organization Lawyer Linked to Stormy Daniels Case
Stormy Daniels, left, laughs with host Jimmy Kimmel during an appearance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" on Jan. 30, 2018, in Los Angeles.   (Randy Holmes/ABC via AP)

Yet another twist in the Stormy Daniels case: Newly released documents link a Trump Organization lawyer to an agreement to block the adult film star from discussing her alleged affair with President Trump, NBC News reports. Assistant general counsel Jill Martin filed a document as part of confidential arbitration proceedings in the case last month, though the Trump Organization says it "has no involvement in the matter" and Martin was serving in a personal capacity, reports the Washington Post. But Daniels' lawyer, Michael Avenatti, says Martin's involvement is more proof that Trump knew about the secrecy agreement and a $130,000 payment Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, made to Daniels.

Avenatti told CNN Wednesday that Cohen's claim that the Trump Organization and Trump himself weren't involved in the agreement is "utter fiction." Cohen "expects the American people to believe that he spent all of this time and energy, hours upon hours, doing all of this work, and the president never knew anything about it, and no one in the Trump Organization ever knew anything about it," he said. Politico reports that BuzzFeed may have found a way for Daniels to get around the agreement. Cohen filed a libel lawsuit against BuzzFeed earlier this year over the Russia dossier, and BuzzFeed may use that case to request Daniels' testimony in a deposition. (Daniels has offered to return the $130,000 so she can speak freely.)

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