"We do not believe it is appropriate for her to preside over this case, which obviously involves the president, in light of this fact", said Michael Avenatti, who represents Daniels. This source said it's the only reason Trump has stayed quiet on the issue and hasn't been tweeting about it. The difference here compared to accusations from other women is that there's a signed agreement and a payment. Notaries public verify the identity of people who sign documents and make sure they understand what they are signing, and might also keep a copy of a document after it is signed so one party can't change something afterward. In Texas a notary is required to do all three for a document to hold up in court.
A lawyer for adult-film star Stormy Daniels says President TrumpDonald John TrumpAccuser says Trump should be afraid of the truth Woman behind pro-Trump Facebook page denies being influenced by Russians Shulkin says he has White House approval to root out "subversion" at VA MORE's attorneys did not meet a deadline to accept the return of the $130,000 she received as part of a nondisclosure agreement relating to an alleged affair with Trump.
Cohen, a private lawyer for Trump, has said he paid Clifford US$130,000 of his own money during the 2016 presidential campaign.
The letter also asked that the president's lawyers agree that neither Trump nor the shell company Cohen used to pay Clifford would attempt to block the broadcast of an interview Clifford taped with CBS News' "60 Minutes" program last week. The interview could air next Sunday, but CBS won't confirm the air date or that there was even an interview at all.
The White House has denied Trump had an affair with Daniels.
Daniels' attorney, Michael Avenatti, said she would wire the money to an account designated by the president by Friday if he agrees. Three sources confirmed to CNN that Clifford made new claims about Trump in the interview.
Rhodes, in remarks reported by Variety, said he could not imagine what the basis would be for any legal action by Trump's team to prevent the interview from airing. Neither Cohen, nor his lawyer, Lawrence Rosen, responded to a request for comment.