President Donald Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen has filed to move his lawsuit brought by adult film actress Stormy Daniels from state to federal court.
The New York Times‘ Maggie Haberman tweeted filings on Friday evening that show Cohen filing for the removal from state to federal court, as well as their motion to bring on lawyer Charles Harder.
As the Times‘ Jim Rutenberg noted, the motion marks the first time Trump has formally joined the legal battle against the actress he claimed, through his lawyer, to never have had relations with.
Shortly after the revelation of Cohen’s removal filing, the Washington Post reported that Cohen has accused Daniels of 20 violations of the non-disclosure agreement she signed to not speak about her alleged relationship with Trump. The president’s attorney is seeking $20 million in damages for the violations. In her lawsuit, Daniels is seeking to have the NDA overturned, in part because Trump never signed it.
BREAKING, Trump legal team seeks to move Stormy Daniels suit into federal court, Trump formally joins legal wrangling https://t.co/Whpv0wApGl
— jimrutenberg (@jimrutenberg) March 16, 2018
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) March 16, 2018
BREAKING: Attorney Charles Harder is representing Donald Trump in the Stephanie Clifford, aka Stormy Daniels lawsuit, which EC, LLC, is attempting to remove to federal court. More to come … pic.twitter.com/qn9AuNoDT8
— Chris Geidner (@chrisgeidner) March 16, 2018