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Fight looms over Trump, Cohen request to delay Stormy Daniels case

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Among the items reportedly sought were records associated with Cohen's $130,000 payment to Daniels, which was routed through a DE shell company Cohen set up to facilitate the transaction.

"The American people deserve the truth as quickly as possible", Daniels' lawyer Michael Avenatti wrote Thursday on Twitter.

Daniel's attorney, Michael Avenatti, asked Otero to deny the stay, which he said was unnecessary.

He said Blakely and Cohen and "no evidence" of significant overlap between Daniels' case and the NY criminal probe.

After the Federal Bureau of Investigation raid on his offices and home, Michael Cohen is going to face major pressure to flip on Trump and become a cooperating witness in exchange for a plea deal.

FBI agents last week raided Cohen's NY office, home, hotel room and safe-deposit box, grabbing documents, computer hard drives and cell phones to advance an investigation targeting potential bank fraud, wire fraud and campaign-finance violations. The White House has said Trump denies the affair.

What information those documents obtain about Trump - his gag orders on porn stars, information about the infamous Access Hollywood tapes and more are all reported to be included in the material - could have tremendous consequences as the investigation into Cohen continues.

In a freakish CNN hit, former Trump attorney Jay Goldberg told Erin Burnett that he didn't think Cohen would stay loyal to Trump and do time on the president's behalf because he'd be vulnerable to prison rape. Avenatti said outside court it was "clear to me Michael Cohen and the president do not want to publicly state" that Cohen intends to invoke the Fifth Amendment.

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Blakely countered by estimating that Avenatti has made 53 public appearances discussing Daniels' case. "You'll have to ask Michael".

That could pose a problem for Cohen, Kavinoky said, because "once someone has let the proverbial cat out of the bag, it's far tougher to assert their Fifth Amendment right to silence".

Daniels has said the non-disclosure agreement was void because Trump did not sign it, and that Cohen defamed her by insinuating publicly that she lied about having an intimate relationship with Trump.

Cohen's attorneys have accused Daniels of violating the agreement's confidentiality clauses more than 20 times and said she could be liable for $1 million in damages for each violation.

The judge's decision will be "a close call", Stanley Goldman, a professor of criminal procedure at Loyola Law School, told ABC News.

"This is not your standard case", Otero said. "A lot of civil cases are tried when a criminal case could have been filed, but wasn't".

Cohen has repeatedly said that he paid Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, out of his own pocket and was not reimbursed by Trump or the campaign. I think he'd tell them go piss up a rope.

"He clearly doesn't think that Michael Cohen is his Roy Cohn", said Tim O'Brien, a Trump biographer, referring to Mr. Trump's former mentor and the president's ideal for a pit bull-like defender.