Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

Stormy Daniels asking for new judge in lawsuit against Trump

Stormy Daniels asking for new judge in lawsuit against Trump

The payment would have covered what Daniels said she accepted from Trump's lawyer to keep silent about the alleged affair before the 2016 election.

Cohen acknowledged last month that he paid Clifford $130,000 in October 2016 as part of the agreement that ensured she would not speak about an alleged affair with Trump.

Daniels wants to return the money that effectively suppressed her, and began to share with the media details about their alleged affair.

The source said Trump is being told by advisers not to fight Daniels' decision to break a confidentiality agreement because it would make him look guilty.

Former porn star Stormy Daniels is allegedly asking for a new judge to preside over her lawsuit against President Donald Trump, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal. The group claims it is an illegal campaign contribution because of the size and goal of the payment.

A lawyer for Daniels, whose legal name is Stephanie Clifford, reportedly put in the request on Friday, claiming that because Judge Elizabeth Feffer of Los Angeles Superior Court is now seeking a federal appointment, it would not be appropriate for her to make a judgment in a case involving the president.

Clifford's attorney, Michael Avenatti, said Cohen had not responded to the offer by Clifford's proposed deadline of noon on Tuesday.

She also would be able to "use and publish any text messages, photos and/or videos relating to the president that she may have in her possession, all without fear of retribution and/or legal liability for damages", the Avenatti letter said. Michael Avenatti, lawyer for the actress, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, last week tweeted a picture of himself, Clifford and CBS interviewer Anderson Cooper.

The White House referred the matter to Trump's personal attorney for comment. Larry Rosen, Cohen's lawyer, has not responded to multiple requests for comment.

Clifford could be subjected to a $1 million penalty if she broke the nondisclosure agreement she signed.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told a briefing last week that Trump had won an arbitration proceeding against Clifford.

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