In a motion filed Wednesday morning in federal court, Stephanie Gregory Clifford’s attorney Michael Avenatti requested permission to depose President Donald Trump and his private attorney Michael Cohen. Clifford, known professionally as Stormy Daniels, alleges the president and she engaged in a sexual encounter in 2006 while he was married to Melania Trump. Then, in 2016 Trump paid her to keep quiet about it.
The motion defines the president and his private attorney’s deposition as a period “of no greater than two hours” in duration and about a non-disclosure agreement Clifford signed 11 days before the 2016 election in scope.
Cohen paid Clifford $130,000 at that time. The deposition intends to determine if the president had a role in the payoff for Clifford’s silence about the extramarital affair.
Stormy Daniels’ attorney just asked the court for permission to take a deposition from President Trump.
This could get really good, really fast!
— Brian Krassenstein🐬 (@krassenstein) March 28, 2018
Stormy Daniels has asked a court to order Donald Trump to give a 2-hour deposition. She has also requested a jury trial within 90 days. pic.twitter.com/ZMoQ6vGrTI
— Simon Hedlin (@simonhedlin) March 28, 2018
In an interview with CBS This Morning, Avenatti said once they “get to the bottom of this” they will prove America was told “a bucket of lies” by the president and his attorney.
We want to know the truth about what the president knew, when he knew it and what he did about it as it relates to this agreement. We’re gonna test the veracity or the truthfulness of Mr. Cohen’s, his attorney’s, statements.”
Avenatti feels confident of approval for their request for a deposition based on legal precedent set by the U.S. Supreme Court during the Clinton administration.
“It is well founded, it was well thought out, it’s incredibly documented,” Avenatti remarked. “It’s well supported by the law and we’re confident in the motion.”