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.
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 currently seeking a federal appointment, it would not be appropriate for her to make a judgment in a case involving the president.
“We do not believe it is appropriate for her to preside over this case, which obviously involves the president, in light of this fact,” Michael Avenatti, who represents Daniels, said.
Last week, Daniels filed a civil suit in Los Angeles County Superior Court to have a nondisclosure agreement she reached with President Trump's personal attorney, Michael Cohen, in October ruled invalid because it was signed only by Daniels and Cohen, not by the president himself.
As part of the agreement, Cohen reportedly paid Daniels $130,000 in October 2016 to ensure that she would not share details of an alleged affair with Trump.
She has since referred to the payment as “hush money” and has offered to repay it in full by Friday, March 16, in exchange for the legal right to “speak openly and freely about her prior relationship with the president and the attempts to silence her and use and publish and text messages, photos and videos relating to the President that she may have in her possession, all without fear of retribution or legal liability.”
“As we have always said, this is about a search for the truth and the ability of Ms. Clifford to tell the American people what really happened so they can make their own determination,” Avenatti said of the offer. “Our offer proves this out.”
Both President Trump and the White House continue to deny that there was ever a relationship or connection between Daniels and the president.