Stormy Daniels Seeks New Judge in Trump Lawsuit

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Through her attorney, Michael Avenatti, Clifford on Monday offered to return $130,000 in hush money to Cohen if he would declare the contract "null and void". Trump has denied he had an affair with Clifford.

The exchange would allow Clifford to speak publicly about her allegations of an affair with Trump, and according to the letter "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".

Daniels, an adult film actress whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, was paid $130,000 by Trump attorney Michael Cohen through a private LLC weeks before the 2016 election, and because Trump failed to sign the "hush agreement" regarding an alleged affair, Daniels' lawyers said in a lawsuit that the agreement to stay silent about her alleged encounter with the business magnate is invalid.

Clifford in turn sued Trump for the right to speak about the "intimate relationship" she claims they had, saying he never signed the agreement to keep her quiet. Whereas Avenatti has said unequivocally that his client had a sexual relationship with Trump, the president has denied the affair with Stormy.

"Time to buckle up", Clifford's attorney wrote. The statement is an admission that the nondisclosure agreement exists and that it directly involves Trump.

No air date has been set for the interview.

He contended Daniels always meant to remain silent, until Trump's lawyer, Michael Cohen, began giving interviews and bringing the matter to public light. Neither Cohen, nor his lawyer, Lawrence Rosen, responded to a request for comment.

On Friday, the lawyer filed a document to remove the judge assigned to the case. He said Daniels' only motivation now is to explain her side of the story.

Mary Hearn, a spokeswoman for the court, said Feffer would not be able to comment because of judicial ethics involving pending cases.

"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.