Stormy Daniels’ lawyer, Michael Avenatti, filed a motion in federal court early Wednesday requesting that the court order a deposition “of no greater than two hours” of Donald Trump and his attorney Michael Cohen. Trump would be required to testify under oath as to what he knew about the Daniels secrecy agreement and when. Cohen would be required to testify about the $130,000 payment to Daniels, ostensibly made with his own funds and without Trump’s knowledge. CBS News:
The testimony could potentially play a role in determining whether campaign finance laws were broken by the President, Mr. Cohen, or the Trump campaign.
Stormy Daniels “intends to prove that the Hush Agreement did not have a lawful object or purpose,” Avenatti argues in the motion. “Rather, the Agreement and the $130,000 payment made pursuant to the Agreement, was for the ‘purpose of influencing’ the 2016 presidential election by silencing Plaintiff from speaking openly and publicly about Mr. Trump just weeks before the 2016 election.”
It goes without saying that the blow back is intense.
David Schwartz, an attorney who serves as a spokesperson for Michael Cohen, said shortly before the motion was filed: “I’m sure he [Avenatti] does want to depose the president. This case is so illogical, it’s not going to happen. You can’t make that happen by bringing a frivolous action.”
In a statement provided to CBS News Wednesday morning, Schwartz called the motion “a reckless use of the legal system in order to continue to inflate Michael Avenatti’s deflated ego and keep himself relevant. His statements are ludicrous when he asks where Michael Cohen and Donald Trump are? He knows they are following the rules of the court. They are handling the case in a court of competent jurisdiction and as a lawyer, he needs to do the same. This is politically motivated and people see through this charade.”
Mark April 30th at 10:00 a.m. on your calendar and see how the judge rules. Avenatti is requesting that depositions be conducted within 21 days of the judge’s ruling and that a jury trial start within 90 days.