‘The president has achieved total victory…’
(Edvard Pettersson, Bloomberg News) President Donald Trump can’t be sued over the validity of a non-disclosure agreement with adult movie star Stephanie Clifford, better known as Stormy Daniels, after he said he wasn’t going to enforce the “hush” deal to keep her quiet about their purported fling.
A federal judge on Thursday granted Trump’s request to throw out her claim, agreeing that Trump’s promise not to enforce the agreement renders her case moot.
It’s Trump’s second win in the headline-grabbing litigation with Clifford after the same judge threw out her defamation lawsuit last year and ordered her to pay $293,000 for Trump’s legal expenses.
Trump attorney Charles Harder welcomed the judge’s ruling.
“Combined with the attorneys’ fees and sanctions award in the president’s favor totaling $293,000, the president has achieved total victory,” Harder said.
Trump argued that after Clifford spilled the beans on their alleged 2006 tryst in a tell-all book, it made no sense for them to keep fighting in court over the $130,000 agreement she made before the 2016 election not to talk about it.
The company created by Trump’s former fixer and lawyer Michael Cohen to facilitate the payment, which initially said she faced more than $20 million in damages for talking, later said that it wouldn’t sue to enforce the deal.
Clifford has conducted herself as if the agreement was already void by discussing the alleged encounter on television and in her book “Full Disclosure,” according to Trump’s October request to dismiss the claim.
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