Stormy Daniels’ lawyer to try having Trump testify about payout
Mar 28th 2018 5:23AM
Stormy Daniels’ lawyer is hoping a federal judge can force President Trump to testify about what he knew of the $ 130,000 hush agreement with the adult actress before the 2016 election, according to court documents.
Michael Avenatti, an attorney for the porn star claiming to have had sex with Trump, asked a California judge to sign off on the deposition requests, records filed late Tuesday show.
Avenatti asked that Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, provide a deposition as well.
If the motion is approved, both Trump and Cohen would have to provide a deposition “no greater than two hours” to determine whether or not a non-disclosure agreement was ever formed.
Additionally, the testimony could reveal the extent of Trump’s role in the agreement and whether his presidential campaign funded a payout to silence Daniels.
A judge is set to hear Avenatti’s motion on April 30.
“We are confident that the Court will permit the requested discovery after applying Supreme Court precedent and the well established law in the Ninth Circuit,” he tweeted Wednesday morning.
What Stormy Daniels has said about her affair with Trump
She says: In Touch never paid her for her story
Daniels says she was never paid the $ 15,000 she was originally offered by In Touch for the story of her alleged affair with Trump.
She says: Her sexual encounter with Trump was consensual
Daniels had said during the “60 Minutes” interview that she didn’t want to have sex with Trump – but when asked by Anderson Cooper if the encounter with Trump was consensual, the adult film star responded affirmatively, saying, “yes, yes.”
She says: Trump’s lawyer threatened her and her daughter
As she detailed the aftermath of the alleged affair, Stormy Daniels — whose real name is Stephanie Clifford — described a moment in a Las Vegas parking lot when a man threatened her:
“And a guy walked up on me and said to me, ‘Leave Trump alone. Forget the story.’ And then he leaned around and looked at my daughter and said, ‘That’s a beautiful little girl. It’d be a shame if something happened to her mom.’ And then he was gone.”
She says: Trump compared her to Ivanka
“He was like, ‘Wow, you — you are special. You remind me of my daughter,'” Daniels told “60 Minutes.” “You know — he was like, ‘You’re smart and beautiful, and a woman to be reckoned with, and I like you. I like you.'”
She says: Trump “brushed aside” his relationship with Melania
When asked by Anderson Cooper about Trump’s marriage to Melania Trump, Daniels said Trump “brushed aside” any concern surrounding his marital vows. She said he spoke of his marriage to Daniels, saying:
“Oh yeah, yeah, you know, don’t worry about that. We don’t even—we have separate rooms and stuff.”
She says: She was paid $ 130,000 in hush money
Michael Cohen has confirmed that he paid Stephanie Clifford $ 130,000 11 days before the 2016 election. A former chairman of the Federal Election Commission has since said this payment may have been illegal.
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