Blow to Stormy Daniels, judge denies her motion to depose Trump, Cohen

Clay Curtis
March 30, 2018

Cohen, via EC, LLC (the company that paid Daniels $130,000 to remain silent) has indicated that he plans on filing a petition to send the matter to arbitration, based on a clause in Daniels' agreement that says any dispute under the agreement shall be decided by an arbitrator instead of the court system.

Daniels claims that because Trump did not sign the agreement it should be deemed null, allowing her to speak freely about the affair she claims to have had with Trump in 2006, a year after he married first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpJeb Bush hits Trump: I go home to children "who actually love me" Even Trump doesn't deserve Stormy Daniels Retiring GOP rep: I think Stormy Daniels is telling the truth MORE.

While speaking to CBS News on Wednesday, Avenatti explained that the motion was "relying on Supreme Court precedent" which ruled that President Bill Clinton was required to sit for a similar deposition.

Trump's attorneys filed documents in federal court in Los Angeles earlier this month seeking to compel private arbitration in the case and argued that Daniels could owe about $20 million for violating the agreement.

A lawyer for an adult film star claiming to have had a sexual encounter with President Donald Trump has filed a motion seeking evidence from the president and his lawyer.

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A hearing date is scheduled for April 30.

"We expect this any day", Avenatti wrote on his Twitter page in response to Thursday's ruling by U.S. District Judge S. James Otero. She and her attorney have also said the payment was an illegal campaign contribution. The man looked at her daughter and said "it would be a shame if something happened to her mom", then disappeared, Daniels said.

"We want to find out what the President knew, when he knew it, and what he did about it, if anything", Avenatti said.

Daniels on Monday added Cohen as a defendant in her lawsuit, claiming that he defamed her by suggesting she was a liar. Daniels told her story at length to Anderson Cooper on last Sunday's 60 Minutes, clocking the longrunning newsmag's biggest numbers in more than a decade, which means she eclipsed Trump's appearance on the show shortly after his election.

Avenatti filed the 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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