WASHINGTON- President Donald Trump lawyer Micheal Lawyer Michael Cohen said on Wednesday said he would use his US constitutional right to avoid self-incrimination in a lawsuit filed by adult-film star Stormy Daniels, who says she had an affair with Trump.
Cohen filled this at the Los Angeles Federal Court he decided to to assert his constitutional right after the FBI raided his home, office and hotel room two weeks ago.
In the filing he wrote, “Based on the advice of counsel, I will assert my 5th Amendment rights in connection with all proceedings in this case due to the ongoing criminal investigation by the FBI and US Attorney for the Southern District of New York,”
In the US Constitution, the fifth amendment states no individual can be, “compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself.”
When Cohen asserted his right, it now means he can avoid revealing information in Daniel’s lawsuit, this could aid federal investigators who are probing his business dealings.
In March Daniels sued both Trump and Cohen who they say invalidate her non disclosure agreement, and the $130,000 payment Cohen paid to her before the 2016 election to keep quiet about her alleged one-night stand with Trump a decade earlier.
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