President Donald Trump's attorneys are seeking a libel suit against adult movie star Stormy Daniels on the grounds that it "cools the president's freedom of speech."
Trump's team filed an application this week in Los Angeles requesting the court to dismiss the lawsuit. The president's lawyers also claim that Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, benefited financially from her "highly publicized" interactions with the president.
Clifford, who said that she and Trump had an affair in 2006, claimed that a man she did not know turned to her in Las Vegas in 2011 and told her to keep her story secret.
She said the man told her to "leave Trump alone" and threatened her in the presence of her daughter as a small daughter.
Trump has publicly denied her allegations and described her as a "total cheating job".
"This lawsuit seeks to weaken the president's freedom of speech on public opinion issues," said Trump's attorney team.
"The plaintiff has exploited her dispute with the president by undertaking a nationwide tour of adult live entertainment venues (aka strip clubs) for which she was paid at least four times for her public controversy."
The motion also cites Daniel's career as an easy one to its credibility. "There's nothing about the plaintiff's career as an adult entertainer who deserves a reputation for honesty," the motion said.
Trump and Clifford are in a bitter public dispute over allegations that she was paid $ 1
Trump's former longtime private attorney Michael Cohen pleaded guilty last week to violating the campaign finance bill when he arranged this payment for Clifford. Cohen claimed that Trump instructed him to make the payment to protect Trump's candidacy, tricking Trump into a federal crime.