Stormy Daniels' lawyer seeks to depose President Trump

Lawrence Cooper
March 31, 2018

Cohen said Daniels made defamatory statements about him in the TV interview.

Porn actress Stormy Daniels wants US President Donald Trump to answer her lawyer's questions under oath about a pre-election payment aimed at keeping her quiet about their alleged tryst.

Stormy Daniels' lawyer filed the motion in a federal court in California Wednesday.

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Avenatti also asked for an expedited jury trial in "no later than 90 days" from the date the judge rules on the motion, and for the depositions to occur within three weeks of the ruling.

Mr Avenatti says the agreement is invalid because it was not signed by Mr Trump.

Stormy Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, had been seeking to invalidate the non-disclosure agreement she signed days before the 2016 presidential election and offered to return the $130,000 she was paid to "set the record straight".

After the alleged tryst she said he called her several times and would ask if they could get together again and would claim that he had an update for her about the Apprentice.

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The mainstream media is completely obsessed with Stormy Daniels after the adult film star's widely viewed interview on "60 Minutes", but some of President Trump's biggest critics are having a hard time faking outrage over the alleged one-time affair. "I came out and he was sitting, you know, on the edge of the bed when I walked out, perched". "The President doesn't believe that any of the claims Ms. Daniels made in the interview are accurate".

The $130,000 payment, Avenatti alleges, amounted to an in-kind contribution to the Trump campaign that further showed the agreement was unlawful.

The White House has repeatedly denied that Trump had an affair with Daniels.

Later Monday, Avenatti amended his lawsuit against Trump to include Cohen, accusing him of defamation.

Avenatti is also asking US district court judge S. James Otero to allow Stormy Daniels' legal team to issue "no more than ten targeted requests for production of documents directed to Mr. Trump and Mr. Cohen on various topics relating to the Agreement".

She later went on to say she did not want to have sex with Trump but it was completely consensual because she never said "no".

Included in those details were that she swatted Trump on his bare behind with a magazine that featured him on the cover, and that Trump said Daniels reminded him of his daughter.

Daniels filed suit against Trump three weeks ago, claiming the agreement was invalid because Trump never signed it and because it had no legal objective.

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