Stormy Daniels' complaint in Trump hush money cash thrown out

November 23, 2023

New York has dismissed a complaint by Stormy Daniels against former President Donald Trump.

Daniels was paid in a claimed hush money case in 2016 and filed the complaint this year claiming that Trump attorney Joe Tacopina had a conflict of interest.

The decision

“Following an investigation of the allegations in the above-referenced complaint filed against you, the Committee has determined to take no further action,” Jorge Dopico, chief attorney for the Attorney Grievance Committee of the First Judicial Department, told Tacopina in a Tuesday letter.

"The judge overseeing Trump’s hush money case in September similarly ruled that Tacopina had no conflict, although the Trump attorney did agree to not cross-examine Daniels if she testifies at trial," the Hill added.

What's next?

"New York Supreme Court Justice Juan Merchan, who is overseeing the case, reportedly decided that Tacopina could stay on after an expert he consulted found that the accusations lacked merit," Newsmax reported.

"Trump's trial in the case is currently scheduled to begin March 25. However, the former president has mounted a number of pretrial attempts to toss the charges. Merchan is set to consider those motions during a Feb. 15 hearing," it continued.

The background

"In the first of Trump's four indictments to be filed, Manhattan prosecutors allege that Trump falsified business records to keep the voting public from learning that his then-fixer Michael Cohen paid her $130,000 for Daniels to keep silent about their alleged tryst with the then-candidate before the 2016 presidential election," the Messenger reported.

"In a CNN interview from 2018, Tacopina told then-host Don Lemon that he could not comment on Daniels because of 'attorney-client privilege' tied to her seeking his consultation for legal advice," it noted.

The legal battle is only one of several involving the former president.

Trump also faces a New York fraud trial, along with over 90 charges in cases in Florida, Georgia, and Washington ahead of the 2024 election.

The legal challenges have not stopped him yet, with the former president continuing to poll strongly a year ahead of a potential rematch with President Joe Biden.

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