Federal judge throws out Stormy Daniels hush money suit against Trump

A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit against President TrumpDonald John TrumpMitt Romney invokes late father during the Civil Rights Movement amid protests White House wanted to deploy 10,000 troops to control protests: reports Zuckerberg, Chan-funded scientists pen 'letter of concern' over Trump, misinformation MORE from adult-film actress Stormy Daniels over a hush-money settlement on Thursday.

Central District of California Judge S. James Otero ruled that the suit was irrelevant after Trump and his former lawyer Michael CohenMichael Dean CohenDemocrats aim to amend Graham subpoena to include Trump allies Harris, Jeffries question why Manafort, Cohen released while others remain in prison Rosenstein to testify as part of Graham's Russia investigation probe MORE agreed to rescind a nondisclosure agreement Daniels signed in exchange for a $130,000 payment, The Associated Press reported Thursday.

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Daniels alleges that she had an affair with Trump in 2006 and was seeking to have the settlement declared illegal so that she could speak up about that affair without fear of financial penalties.

Trump has denied any affair with Daniels.

Cohen said he arranged the payment to silence Daniels to help Trump win the presidency in 2016.

That hush money payment is one of the reasons Cohen was sentenced last year to three years in jail for bank fraud and campaign finance violations.

Trump has repeatedly said he was not involved in the payment.

The Hill has reached out to the White House for comment.

Daniels' attorney Michael Avenatti claimed victory in a statement to the Hill.

"The Court found that Ms. Daniels received everything she asked for by way of the lawsuit - she won," he said.

Updated at 7:24 p.m.