According to Paula Reid with CBS News, a federal judge has denied a request from Stormy Daniels’ lawyers to depose President Trump as part of the adult film star’s lawsuit. The judge ruled on Thursday that the request for an expedited trial and discovery was premature, and said there are other issues that first need to be addressed.
Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, has filed a lawsuit in California asking the court to dismiss a non-disclosure agreement preventing her from discussing her alleged affair with Mr. Trump. Daniels claims the NDA is invalid because Trump did not sign it.
According to the American Bar Association, a lawyer will use a deposition to gain information from a witness. The information gained could be used later as evidence in a trial. Daniel’s attorney, Michael Avenatti, requested a deposition “of no greater than two hours” for President Trump to appear in court. He also asked for a court order to depose the president’s personal attorney, Michael Cohen. Cohen claimed that he made a $130,000 payment to Daniels with his own funds and without Trump’s knowledge.
Earlier in the week, Daniels added to her complaint claiming that Cohen defamed her by insinuating she had lied about her encounter with the president.
Avenatti tweeted about the development on Thursday:
Here is an order from the Ct denying our motion as premature on procedural grounds. We will refile the motion as soon as DT, MC, and EC, LLC file their motion to compel arbitration seeking to hide the facts from public view. We expect this any day. https://t.co/H85pmKdISK
— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) March 29, 2018
After the judge’s decision, Cohen’s attorney, David Schwartz, told CBS News Radio, “He is not surprised at all” about the ruling and said “it was a premature motion.”
He calls it a “sound decision” and expects other decisions made by the judge to be “favorable to Mr. Trump”.
Here is the actual court document:
Credit: CBS News