“Yup. Another win!” the Stormy Daniels Twitter account tweeted on Friday. White House officials and lawyers for Trump didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.
The dispute involved a nondisclosure agreement Clifford signed in 2016 in exchange for a $130,000 payment from Trump’s personal lawyer at the time, Michael Cohen. The agreement prevented Clifford from speaking about an affair she says she and Trump had from 2006 to 2007. Trump has denied having the affair.
Trump at one point said he knew nothing about the agreement or payment, which The Washington Post’s Fact Checker declared was “a lie.” Cohen later said in court that he was reimbursed by the Trump Organization for the payment to Clifford, and that Trump knew about it.
In 2018, Clifford filed a case asking the Los Angeles Superior Court to void the agreement, kicking off a legal battle. Trump’s lawyers later agreed out of court not to enforce the agreement.
In an email, Clifford’s lawyer, Clark Brewster, said the order showed the court had refused “to indulge the fiction that Donald J Trump wasn’t a party to the Non Disclosure Agreement or wasn’t the real party paying for silence. This is one more layer of the facade of dishonesty being peeled away.”
Trump has for years relied on broadly worded nondisclosure agreements as a powerful weapon against anyone who would say something critical of him. In addition to Clifford, others who have signed these agreements include two ex-wives, contestants on “The Apprentice,” campaign workers and business associates.
Seung Min Kim contributed to this report.