The White House has said Trump did not have sex with her.
Federal prosecutors in NY have introduced a new element in the case surrounding the FBI's April raids on the properties of President Donald Trump's long-time personal lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen - encrypted messages.
FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen leaves federal court in Manhattan, New York, U.S., May 30, 2018.
At the time, prosecutors had not yet provided Cohen's lawyers with the reconstructed shredded documents or the encrypted messages. Trump has said he never had an affair with Daniels.
Cohen has not been criminally charged, but a source familiar with the investigation told Reuters in April that the federal prosecutors are investigating him for possible bank and tax fraud, a possible campaign law violations connected with a payment to Stormy Daniels and matters concerning Russian's alleged support of Trump's campaign.
In a letter to the presiding judge in the case against Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's long-time personal attorney, the US Attorney's Office for the District of Southern New York revealed today that it had obtained additional evidence for review-including a trove of messages and call logs from WhatsApp and Signal on one of two BlackBerry phones belonging to Cohen.
Judge S. James Otero denied Cohen's ex parte application, saying that he has not demonstrated that he would suffer "immediate, irreparable injury" otherwise.
Trump has denied it. Daniels has sued Trump and Cohen to invalidate a nondisclosure agreement that she signed days before the 2016 presidential election when she was paid $130,000.
Otero did not decide whether a restraining order should eventually be granted.
Cohen's request for a restraining order pointed to Avenatti's multiple television appearances, tweets and various communications with the media over the past few months. He gave Avenatti until June 25 to formally respond to Cohen, who can reply by July 2.
The deadline extension comes as Cohen, under severe financial pressure, has made a decision to split with his current team and hire new lawyers, according to a person familiar with the case.
The cases is Clifford v. Trump, 18-cv-2217, U.S. District Court, Central District of California (Los Angeles).