Stormy Daniels lawyer says she may file new claim against Trump

Stormy Daniels lawyer says she may file new claim against Trump

Stormy Daniels’s lawyer Michael Avenatti said Friday that the adult-film star may file a new claim or lawsuit against President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump knocks BuzzFeed over Cohen report, points to Russia dossier DNC says it was targeted by Russian hackers after fall midterms BuzzFeed stands by Cohen report: Mueller should 'make clear what he's disputing' MORE for libel.

During an interview on CNN, Avenatti referenced Trump having shared a tweet about a sketch of a man whom Daniels claims threatened her for discussing her alleged affair with the president, referring to it as a “con job.”

“He called my client a con or suggested that she lied to the American people,” Avenatti said Friday on CNN. “We may be bringing that claim shortly.”

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The lawyer first publicly suggested earlier this month that Daniels could file a defamation lawsuit against Trump over the tweet.

Avenatti made his comments shortly after a judge on Friday ordered a 90-day stay on Daniels’s lawsuit against Trump and his longtime personal attorney Michael Cohen.

U.S. District Court Judge S. James Otero ordered the stay over a criminal investigation into Cohen, saying there could be overlap between the two cases.

Avenatti quickly promised to appeal the stay.

He also said on CNN that the stay could be extended beyond the three-month period.

“We don't know how long that’s going to take and we just don’t want to be on ice during the interim time period,” Avenatti said.

Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, is suing Trump to formally void the nondisclosure agreement she signed shortly before the 2016 election that she says was used as part of an effort to keep her from discussing an alleged affair with Trump in 2006.

The actress argues the deal is void because Trump didn’t sign the document.

She is also suing Cohen for defamation for suggesting that she’s lying about the alleged affair.

Cohen announced this week that he would plead the Fifth Amendment in the lawsuit.