Michael Cohen is preparing to tear up the 2016 agreement he made with adult film star Stormy Daniels. Cohen, on behalf of Donald Trump, paid the adult actress $130,000 to remain silent about her alleged affair with President Donald Trump.
It was that $130,000 payment that first gained attention from Robert Mueller’s Special Counsel and ultimately led to a plea deal between the FBI and Cohen.
Despite an NDA and Cohen admitting to the situation, President Trump continued to deny the affair, claiming that it was part of Mueller’s “witch hunt” against his presidency.
“Today, Essential Consultants LLC [Cohen’s shell company] and Michael Cohen have effectively put an end to the lawsuits filed against them by Stephanie Clifford aka Stormy Daniels,” Brent Blakely, Cohen’s lawyer, tells CNN.
“The rescission of the Confidential Settlement Agreement will result in Ms. Clifford returning to Essential Consultants the $130,000 she received in consideration, as required by California law,” he added.
Despite the NDA, Stormy Daniels made the decision to speak out about her affair, a move that could have cost her millions of dollars in damages if Trump and Cohen chose to sue.
Daniels’ attorney, Michael Avenatti, learned of the decision just before appearing on CNN’s Cuomo Prime Time and had this to say about the decision:
“I haven’t had a chance to digest it, I just saw it on my email literally right before I came on. What they’re trying to do is they don’t want me to get a chance to depose Michael Cohen and Donald Trump. This is a hail Mary to try and avoid that, that’s my first guess.”
It’s not clear if Stormy Daniels will accept the deal and pay back the $130,000 or move forward with Avenatti’s plan to question the POTUS and Michael Cohen in court. Avenatti says she will only take the deal if the court agrees to allow Trump and Cohen to be deposed.
Avenatti further believes the move is Cohen’s attempt to get back into the President’s good graces.
“Michael Cohen is playing a game in an attempt to avoid his deposition and that of Mr. Trump,” Avenatti said. “He is back to doing Trump’s bidding and acting as a fixer.”