Michael Cohen agreed to break the confidentiality agreement he signed with Stormy Daniels about his sexual relationship with Trump
Michael Cohen agreed to break Stormy Daniels' non-disclosure agreement and abandon his $ 20 million lawsuit for violating his terms.
But in exchange, a lawyer from Essential Consultants, the company that promised to pay Ms. Daniels, said in a court document that Cohen wants Ms. Daniels to return the $ 130,000 she received as part of the settlement.
Ms. Daniels states that she had an affair with Mr. Trump in 2006, which the President denies.
Essential Consultants was created by Trump's former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, and an agreement was reached with Daniels weeks before the 2016 presidential election.
The development could kill a plan by Ms. Daniels' lawyer, Michael Avenatti, to try to force the president to testify under oath, if the agreement is terminated and a judge accepts to dismiss the case.
The agreement was presented to the adult actress this week, but her lawyer says they would not accept it unless they can depose Cohen and the president. Daniels and his lawyer, Michael Avenatti, have argued that the payment violated the funding rules of the campaign, since it took place a few weeks before the elections
Avenatti told CNN that it was a 'Ave Maria'. of Cohen to prevent him or Trump from being deposed.
"What they're trying to do is not want me to have the opportunity to depose Michael Cohen and Donald Trump," he said.
"This is a greeting Mary to try to avoid that, that's my first guess."
Essential Consultants was created by Trump's former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, who pleaded guilty in federal court last month for breaches of campaign funding and other charges.
Cohen told the judge that he and Mr. Trump had arranged the payment of the silence money to Ms. Daniels and a former Playboy model to influence the election.
Daniels (in the photo on the left with lawyer Avenatti) demands separately Trump and Cohen for defamation
In addition to the offer to nullify the agreement, Essential Consultants also agreed to reverse its plan to fight Ms. Daniels in private arbitration and will not pursue a lawsuit against her, a company lawyer said in a letter to the company. Mrs. Daniels & # 39; attorney.
Cohen has said that Ms. Daniels could owe $ 20 million for violating the agreement.
Ms. Daniels' lawyer, Michael Avenatti, told The Associated Press that Friday's development is "a trick by Michael Cohen trying to fix it so that Donald Trump will not be deposed."
Avenatti said he did not have to accept the offer and would not resolve the case "without the statements," which he said would include Mr. Trump.
He believes the court should invalidate the agreement because it violated campaign finance laws, he said.
Ms. Daniels is also suing Trump and Cohen for defamation in a separate lawsuit.
Avenatti (pictured) says the deal is a "Ave Maria" of Cohen to try to help the President avoid a deposition