Stormy Daniels' Lawyer Explains New Defamation Lawsuit: Trump Basically Accused Her of 'Committing a Crime'

President Donald Trump's Twitter account is causing him legal trouble — again.


He's now facing a lawsuit for defamation over a tweet he sent about Stephanie Clifford, who is better known as porn star Stormy Daniels, and her claim that she was threatened by an unidentified man to stay quiet about an affair she says she had with Trump in 2006.

In a tweet on April 18, Trump said of a sketch of the man who allegedly threatened her, "A sketch years later about a nonexistent man. A total con job, playing the Fake News Media for Fools (but they know it)!"

Clifford's lawyer, Michael Avenatti, said Monday on MSNBC of the president: "He effectively accused my client... of conning the American people, lying to the American people, about the incident, about the sketch, about the man that approached her at the car door. And [he] basically accused her of committing a crime, in that she's reporting some criminal activity, and he's claiming it never happened."

Some legal experts say, though, that Avenatti will have a hard time making the defamation claim stick.

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