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. Cohen did not explain why he made the payment or say whether Trump was aware of it.
Regardless of whether Cohen accepts Clifford's offer, the money is the subject of a complaint by the watchdog group Common Cause to the Federal Election Commission. CNN reports that Trump has been asking for advice about Stormy from close confidantes and advisors, who have told Trump to not fight back against Daniels' claims via her lawyer that her NDA is not valid, because such moves would make Trump appear guilty.
Michael Avenatti, Clifford's attorney, tweeted a photo of Clifford, Cooper and himself last week.
An arbitrator has reaffirmed that Daniel's nondisclosure agreement with Trump, tied to the $130,000 payment from Trump's personal attorney Michael Cohen, was binding and issued a temporary restraining order. By sending the money to Trump, it would involve the President - who has never acknowledged the agreement or the affair - in the case. Neither Cohen, nor his lawyer, Lawrence Rosen, responded to a request for comment.
When Donald Trump Jr. was asked about Stormy on Monday, March 12, the president's son continued to eat his ice cream and tell reporters that they weren't speaking about the Daniels topic at the moment, as reported by the Inquisitr.
News President David Rhodes' statement at a conference in Israel on Tuesday was the first time CBS publicly confirmed it had interviewed Daniels, who has alleged an extramarital affair with Donald Trump before he became president. In exchange, the settlement agreement between Clifford, Trump and Cohen's company would be "deemed null and void in their entirety".
Clifford could be subjected to a $1 million penalty if she broke the nondisclosure agreement she signed.