Cohen’s Request to Delay Stormy Daniels Hearing Denied

A federal judge on Friday stated that there are “gaping holes” in the request from President Donald Trump’s attorney who is asking for a delay in the proceedings in a lawsuit filed by adult film star Stormy Daniels.

Michael Cohen requested that the lawsuit be delayed as a result of the FBI raid of his office, home and hotel room, which took place earlier this month.

Reuters reported that U.S. District Judge James Otero stated in a Los Angeles courtroom that he needs more time to review the request from Daniels to be able to tell her story. The lawsuit over a non-disclosure agreement regarding her alleged affair with the president has been the focus of media attention in the last year. Otero did not give an indication when he would announce a final ruling.

Meanwhile, during Friday’s hearing, Daniels’ lawyer Michael Avenatti stated that Cohen presumably “knows where a lot of bodies are buried.” According to Reuters, he urged that the case proceed quickly because it has “critical importance” to the public.

Federal agents this month reportedly seized documents related to Cohen’s $130,000 payment to Daniels, which she says was “hush money” to stay quiet over the affair, as well as materials related to his payment to another woman who claimed she had an affair with Trump.

Daniels has filed a lawsuit against Cohen and Trump in order to be released from a nondisclosure agreement about the alleged affair. Her lawyer is claiming that the deal is void because Trump didn’t sign the document. Cohen is also sued by Daniels for vilification.

Daniels’ lawyer hinted this week that they might also file a lawsuit against Trump for slander after the President called the sketch of a man Daniels said threatened her “a total con job.”

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