Stormy Daniels, who recently sued President Donald Trump over a tweet in which he calls a previous claim of hers “a total con job,” has had her defamation suit dismissed by a federal judge.
Namely, she sued the President after he said her story of a man threatening her not to come forward with the story of her alleged affair with Trump was fabricated. Daniels said President Trump’s tweet “attacks the veracity of her account” of events, calling his statement “false and defamatory.”
According to federal judge S. James Otero, she further said Trump’s “tweet was defamation … because it charged her with committing a serious crime.”
The President had asked the federal judge to dismiss the lawsuit, and in his ruling Monday, Otero wrote that the court accepted Trump’s argument “because the tweet in question constitutes ‘rhetorical hyperbole’ normally associated with politics and public discourse in the United States,” adding that “the First Amendment protects this type of rhetorical statement.”
Separately, CNN informs, Daniels is also suing the President and his former personal lawyer Michael Cohen over the $130,000 hush payment intended to keep her silent about the affair she claims to have had with Trump in 2006. That case is not affected in any way to the Monday ruling.
Otero further ruled that President Trump is entitled to attorney’s fees, the exact amount of which is to be determined later.
According to Trump’s attorney Charles J. Harder, the judge’s decision represents a “total victory for President Trump and total defeat for Stormy Daniels.”
Daniels’ attorney, Michael Avenatti, responded to the ruling on Twitter, saying “Daniels’ other claims against Trump and Cohen proceed unaffected. Trump’s contrary claims are as deceptive as his claims about the inauguration attendance.”