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The Wall Street Journal: Trump attorney Michael Cohen to plead the Fifth in Stormy Daniels suit

LOS ANGELES — President Donald Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen told a federal court here Wednesday he will assert his Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination in a civil case because of a continuing criminal investigation against him in New York.

The filing came in a California civil lawsuit brought by former adult-film actress Stephanie Clifford against Trump and Cohen. Clifford, known as Stormy Daniels, sued to invalidate a 2016 agreement barring her from discussing an alleged sexual encounter with Trump in exchange for $130,000. Cohen made the payment using a Delaware company called Essential Consultants LLC, which is also named as a defendant in the case.

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