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Stormy Daniels has sued Donald Trump, filing a lawsuit in a California state court alleging that a “hush money agreement” where Trump lawyer Michael Cohen gave her $130,000 in order to prevent her from talking about her alleged affair with Trump ahead of the election is null and void.

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The 28-page lawsuit says that the agreement isn’t enforceable for a very simple reason: Trump never signed it.

From the lawsuit:

Screenshot: From the Clifford v. Trump lawsuit
Screenshot: From the Clifford v. Trump lawsuit
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Furthermore, the lawsuit says Cohen, “through intimidation and coercive tactics, forced” Daniels (whose real name is Stephanie Clifford) to sign a false statement declaring that she never had a relationship with Trump. It also cites Cohen’s own public statement on February 13 as evidence that there was “no binding agreement in place,” as well as a weird vow of loyalty where Cohen said he “will always protect Mr. Trump”:

Screenshot: From the Clifford v. Trump lawsuit
Screenshot: From the Clifford v. Trump lawsuit

Michael Cohen is a great lawyer.

Daniels is notably not seeking money in the lawsuit, only a ruling that the agreement she and Cohen signed is unenforceable and that Trump pay any costs accrued from the suit. You can read the full claim here via NBC News.

News editor, Splinter

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