Trump asks judge to dismiss Stormy Daniels' defamation lawsuit

Stormy Daniels defends Melania Trump 'People should stop speaking for her'

Stormy Daniels defends Melania Trump 'People should stop speaking for her'

"When I started this, I just wanted to save my own ass, not everybody else's", says @thestormydaniels of her lawsuit against President Donald Trump and his former lawyer, Michael Cohen.

At least, that's about all that Stormy Daniels says she can remember about President Trump's unrestrained performance in the sack during their alleged 2006 tryst.

Daniels, whose given name is Stephanie Clifford, sued the president in April over the Twitter remark, saying he falsely called her a liar and that she suffered threats of violence, economic harm and reputational damage as.

Stormy Daniels, the porn star now in legal battles with U.S. President Donald Trump, speaks during a ceremony in her honor in West Hollywood, California, U.S., May 23, 2018.

In a motion filed on Monday in Los Angeles federal court, Trump's lawyers also said that Daniels, who has said she had a sexual encounter with Trump in 2006 and was threatened to keep quiet about it, had actually benefited from the attention brought by her dispute with the president.

Trump attorney Charles Harder asked a federal judge late Monday to toss the defamation suit, arguing that the president's tweet is an opinion protected by the First Amendment, and said the Daniels suit "is created to chill the President's free speech rights on matters of public concern". The payments, which Cohen said were made at Trump's direction, violated federal campaign finance laws.

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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 requesting that the court dismiss the lawsuit. The president's lawyers also claim that Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, benefited financially from her "highly publicized" interactions with the president. They cited a law in Daniels' home state of Texas requiring that such a lawsuit be dismissed unless Daniels could provide "clear and specific evidence" for her claims, which they said she had failed to do.

"This suit is created to chill the President's free speech rights on matters of public opinion", Trump's legal team said.

Daniels also explained that, after a man tried to take a photo of her seven-year-old daughter, she had to pull her out of her elementary school and hire a tutor - but don't see each other often.

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 her story that she had a 2006 affair with Trump.

The interview went down after wrapping up her national strip club tour and speaking to prosecutors in the criminal investigation of Michael Cohen, Trump's former lawyer.

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