Judge Denies Stormy Daniels Motion To Depose Trump
Lawyer promises to refile motion soon
April 1, 2018
A Federal California Judge on Thursday temporarily blocked a motion by Stromy Daniels to depose President Donald Trump under oath as part of an ongoing legal battle over a $130,000 payout from Trump's lawyer Michael Cohen to the adult actress before the 2016 election.
Her lawyer, Michael Avenatti, promised to fight back: "We will refile the motion," he posted on Twitter.
Judge S. James Otero of the US District Court for the Central District of California called the motion for an expedited trial and discovery process "premature" and added it "must be denied". He said Trump and the company established by Cohen to pay Daniels the $130,000 to keep quiet about an alleged affair between her and Trump, have not yet filed an anticipated action to send the case to arbitration.
Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, sued Trump earlier this month seeking to void an agreement she signed in October 2016, on the eve of the presidential election.
The agreement required Daniels to not make public comments about her alleged relationship with Trump in 2006 and 2007.
Trump and the White House have denied the affair.