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NEW Docs Tie Trump Organization To ‘Silence Stormy’ Effort

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New confidential legal documents show a second Trump-aligned lawyer is involved in an ongoing effort to enforce a hush agreement against Stephanie Clifford, who appears in pornographic films under the name “Stormy Daniels.”

The revelation is significant, as thus far only one Trump associate has been definitely linked to Clifford, who claims she had an affair with President Donald Trump from summer 2006 to early 2007.

“We are uncovering more and more evidence that demonstrates that the American people have not been told the truth,” Clifford’s attorney Michael Avenatti said in a statement. “We will not stop until we get to the bottom of this.”

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The documents, first obtained by the The Wall Street Journal, show attorney Jill Martin filed a document in a secret, ongoing arbitration in California. Martin is vice president and assistant general counsel for the Trump Organization, the holding company for the president’s vast business empire.

The Journal reports that Martin filed the document on behalf of another attorney, Larry Rosen, who is not yet admitted to the bar in California.

The Trump Organization says they have no involvement with the matter, and White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders says the president is unaware of a coordinated legal campaign to ensure Clifford’s silence.

She offered to remit the payment to a bank account of Trump’s choosing Monday, on the understanding their agreement would be dissolved.

Michael Cohen, Trump’s longtime lawyer, executed a contract with Clifford on Oct. 28, 2016, known as a nondisclosure agreement (NDA). Under the terms of the agreement, Clifford was paid $130,000 through a shell company in Delaware, in exchange for her silence about her alleged relationship with Trump. Cohen used a home equity line of credit to finance the payment.

Clifford is now suing Cohen and the Delaware company in a California court, claiming the NDA is invalid. The terms of the NDA require the parties to adjudicate all disputes arising from the contract in private arbitration. Cohen secured a preliminary restraining order in such a proceeding, though Clifford and Avenatti, argue they are not bound by it.

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