Surprising exactly no one, Michael Cohen has elected to plead the Fifth Amendment in response to the lawsuit filed against him by Stephanie Clifford, the adult film actress who goes by the name Stormy Daniels, whom Cohen coerced into an unenforceable non-disclosure agreement to prevent her from publicly commenting on her 2006 affair with Donald Trump, who had just recently married his wife Melania, who had only just given birth to their son Barron.
According to a court filing available here, Cohen believes that answering questions or testifying in the case against him will be a self-incriminating act, after the FBI raided his office on a warrant from the Southern District of New York Attorney’s desk:
“Based on the advice of counsel, I will assert my 5th amendment rights in connection with all proceeding in this case due to the ongoing criminal investigation by the FBI and U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York.”
It is widely expected that his main client, Donald Trump, will do the same if for any reason he were compelled to testify in the suit as well; Trump is also a named defendant, along with “Essential Consultants,” the shell firm that Cohen set up for the express purpose of paying of Ms. Clifford just before the 2016 election so that the story would not negatively affect Trump’s chances of winning the election.
Pleading the Fifth Amendment is almost always tantamount to an admission of guilt.
This story is developing, and we will update as necessary.
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