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Trump lawyers push to end Stormy Daniels’ lawsuit over ‘free speech’

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  • President Trump’s lawyers want to squash a defamation
    lawsuit the adult-film star Stormy Daniels filed against him
    earlier this year because it “chills the president’s free
    speech.”
  • The motion filed by Trump’s lawyers in Los Angeles on
    Monday ask a judge to dismiss the lawsuit. It also claims
    Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, benefited
    financially from her public feud with the
    president. 
  • Daniels filed a defamation lawsuit against Trump on
    April 30 after he publicly cast doubt on her claim that an
    unidentified man threatened her after she went public with her
    claim that she and Trump had an affair in 2006. Trump called
    her claim a “a total con job.” 
  • Trump and Daniels are engaged in a very public legal
    battle over claims that she was paid $130,000 shortly before
    the 2016 election to keep quiet about the alleged
    affair.
  • Last week, Trump’s longtime personal lawyer Michael
    Cohen pleaded guilty to violating campaign-finance law by
    making that $130,000 payment to Daniels before the
    election.

President Donald Trump’s lawyers want to squash a defamation
lawsuit filed against him by the adult-film star Stormy Daniels
because it “chills the president’s free speech.”

Trump’s team filed a motion in
a Los Angeles court this week requests that the court dismiss the
lawsuit. The president’s lawyers also claim Daniels, whose real
name is Stephanie Clifford, benefited financially from her
“highly publicized” interactions with the president. 

Clifford, who alleged that she and Trump had a sexual affair in
2006, claimed a man she did not know approached her in Las Vegas
in 2011, and told her to keep quiet about her alleged affair with
Trump.

She said the man told her to “leave Trump alone” and
made veiled threats at her in the presence of her infant daughter
at the time.

Trump has publicly dismissed her claims, calling them “a
total con job.” 

“This suit is designed to chill the President’s free speech
rights on matters of public opinion,” Trump’s legal team
said. 

“Plaintiff [Cliffords] has capitalized on her dispute with the
president, embarking on a nationwide tour of adult live
entertainment venues (a.k.a. strip clubs) for which she
admittedly is being paid at least four times her normal
appearance fee because of her public controversy with the
president.”

The motion also cited her career as a porn star as a slight
to her credibility.”There is nothing about Plaintiff’s career as
an adult entertainer that requires a reputation for honesty,” the
motion adds. 

Trump and Clifford are engaged in a bitter public legal
battle over claims that she was paid $130,000 shortly before the
2016 election to keep quiet about a 2006 affair she said she had
with Trump.

Trump’s longtime personal lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen pleaded
guilty last week to violating campaign-finance law when he
arranged that payment for Clifford on Trump’s behalf. As part of
his plea agreement, Cohen asserted that he was instructed to make
the payment to protect Trump’s candidacy.

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