Donald Trump's lawyers filed a lawsuit on Friday against Pornographauteur Stormy Daniels.
The suit seeks $20 million a few days ahead of the airing of her interview with Anderson Cooper on 60 Minutes next Sunday, alleging the pornographess violated a confidentiality agreement 20 times and owes $1 million per incident.
This is the first time that the embattled President has in any way acknowledged Daniels publicly since the Wall Street Journal reported that his lawyer paid Daniels $130,000 during the Presidential campaign. While the lawyer insists that he paid her the money out of his own pocket and basically for no reason, it may have something to do with the 2011 In Touch Weekly article in which Daniels outlines, in exquisite detail, their sexual congress. That same lawyer also filed a restraining order against Daniels this month using the same Delaware shell company he used to pay her in the first place.
The same day the suit was filed, Daniels' attorney made a circuit of cable appearances suggesting that she had been personally, physically threatened into silence, that she was under duress when she signed the $130,000 agreement, and in true-legalese fashion, hinted at some kind of incident between the president and the sex performer after his election. On Friday, he tweeted that he and his client would no longer be intimidated.
The fact that a sitting president is pursuing over $20M in bogus 'damages' against a private citizen, who is only trying to tell the public what really happened, is remarkable. Likely unprecedented in our history. We are NOT going away and we will NOT be intimidated. #basta— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) March 17, 2018
BREAKING: Stormy Daniels’ attorney told me that his client was threatened with physical harm if she did not keep quiet about her sexual relationship with Donald Trump.— Mika Brzezinski (@morningmika) March 16, 2018
Per the New York Times:
President Trump’s lawyers filed two motions on Friday in United States District Court in California in a public legal fight that Ms. Clifford, whose stage name is Stormy Daniels, started last week. That’s when she sued to get out of an agreement that she had struck to be paid $130,000 to stay silent about an affair she alleges to have had with Mr. Trump starting in 2006.
Mr. Trump formally joined his legal team’s response to Ms. Clifford’s suit in a motion, filed Friday, to move the case from state court in Los Angeles, where Ms. Clifford filed her claim, to federal court.
Detractors came out in droves to denounce the quagmire of the President's defense.
11% of Republicans believe that Stormy Daniels’ story has merit. That means 89% of Republicans believe Trump is suing her for $20M because she breached an agreement to say nothing about nothing.— feminist next door (@emrazz) March 17, 2018
These people are allowed to drive y’all.
"Stormy Daniels appears to be the only Trump contractor who ever got paid."— (((Ad Resists Ω))) (@Adenovir) March 17, 2018
Questions worth asking: why is @realDonaldTrump so afraid of Stormy Daniels? Why is he working so hard to silence her? What is he afraid she will say? Trump doesn’t care if people know he’s unfaithful. He never has. His base doesn’t care. Why is he fighting her so hard?— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) March 17, 2018
In response to the lawsuit, thousands of people donated to Daniels' legal defense fund, which has to feel pretty weird for everyone involved.