A federal judge has ruled to put a stop to the attempts of Stormy Daniels, aka Stephany Clifford, to take her lawsuit to the next level.
The judge determined that she wouldn’t be able to continue her efforts to escape her”hush” arrangement, partly due to the continuing criminal investigation of President Trump’s former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen.
Whilst not cited by name, President Trump is referenced at the suit by a pseudonym.
“The gravity of this criminal investigation and the various competing interests in this activity advised in favor of a temporary stay,” explained U.S. District Judge James Otero, devoting his judgment in a federal court in Los Angeles.
Daniels has petitioned the court to rethink, and her attorney, Michael Avenatti, had hope that their case might go forward due to the fact that President Trump has acknowledged that there was an agreement, which can be something which he thought the judge was unaware of if the judgment was handed down.
However, that argument did nothing to sway Judge Otero.
“Since the holder of the privilege, it’s Mr. Cohen himself that must determine whether there is a reasonable’threat of incrimination’ that would warrant his silence,” he said.
That conclusion came after Avenatti spent weeks attempting to convince the judge to allow him to depose the President and receive the associated documents they thought would prove their situation.
According to Daniels, the non-disclosure arrangement should have been invalidated if just because it had been signed by Michael Cohen, and not President Trump.
The case to postpone was ruled on in favour of Cohen, due to the fact that issues that he was questioned about during the lawsuit, could incriminate him during the ongoing criminal investigation that caused his home and workplace to be raided in April.