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Avenatti Seeks to Revive Hush Money Lawsuit After Trump’s Comments

  • Avenatti seeks to end hold on effort to end confidentiality
  • President acknowledged to new of deal forged by lawyer Cohen
Michael Avenatti

Michael Avenatti

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Adult film star Stormy Daniels said President Donald Trump’s sudden acknowledgment of her 2016 hush agreement means that a judge’s hold on her lawsuit to void the deal can be lifted.

Trump’s admission that he knew about the pact shows there’s no need to question his lawyer, Michael Cohen, whose home and office were raided by FBI agents in a New York criminal probe, the actress’s attorney, Michael Avenatti, said Thursday in a filing in Los Angeles federal court. Cohen and Trump secured the 90-day delay by arguing the criminal investigation could overlap with the hush-payment case and that Cohen’s rights against self-incrimination would be violated if he were questioned in the Daniels suit.