The company that President Donald Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen created to keep adult film worker Stormy Daniels quiet about their affair has dropped a $20 million lawsuit against her.
"A legal stunt to try and 'fix it'"
Trump joined the lawsuit alleging that Daniels had broken their $130,000 agreement to not speak about their affair. The agreement said that she was liable for $1,000,000 for every instance of breaking the agreement.
Cohen is also seeking to vacate the agreement, which would mean Daniels would need to return the $130,000 hush money.
In a motion filed in May, Cohen claimed that she had violated the confidentiality agreement 20 times, meaning she was liable for $20 million in damages.
That motion was dropped Friday.
Cohen admitted to prosecutors that he committed campaign finance violations when he made the payment to Daniels at the behest of then-candidate Trump just before the 2016 election.
Daniels' lawyer, Michael Avenatti, who has said he's entertaining the possibility of running for president in 2020, had argued that the hush agreement was void because Trump had never signed it.
Avenatti replied defiantly to the motion from his social media account Friday.
"Michael Cohen is back to playing games and trying to protect Donald Trump. He is now pulling a legal stunt to try and 'fix it' so that we can’t depose Trump and present evidence to the American people about what happened," he tweeted.
Michael Cohen is back to playing games and trying to protect Donald Trump. He is now pulling a legal stunt to try a… https://t.co/Fij8hXnJG1— Michael Avenatti (@Michael Avenatti) 1536371869.0
"He is not a hero nor a patriot," he added. "He deserves what he gets."
In a follow tweet an hour later, Avenatti added that he was unwilling to settle the case.
Let me be clear - my client and I will never settle the cases absent full disclosure and accountability. We are com… https://t.co/Oman4GgaCq— Michael Avenatti (@Michael Avenatti) 1536377242.0
"Let me be clear," he concluded, "my client and I will never settle the cases absent full disclosure and accountability. We are committed to the truth. And we are committed to delivering it to the America people."