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Stormy Daniels’ Attorney Looks To Depose Trump, Michael Cohen

March 28, 2018 - 9:58 am
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- An attorney for an adult film star claiming a sexual encounter with President Donald Trump is seeking to depose the president and his attorney.

Michael Avenatti filed the motion in federal court in California. In the documents, dated Wednesday, he seeks to depose Trump and Trump attorney Michael Cohen about a $130,000 payment made to Stormy Daniels days before the 2016 presidential election.

Avenatti wants to question each for "no more than two hours.'' In the filing, he says the depositions are needed to establish if Trump knew about the payment and if he consented to it.

Cohen has said he paid the $130,000 out of his own pocket, while asserting Trump never had sex with the porn actress.

Daniels told 60 Minutes that she had sex with Trump, spanked him with a magazine, and that he had compared her to his daughter Ivanka. She claims she was planning to sell her story in 2011, when she was threatened by a stranger outside of a fitness class.

The White House has denied Daniels' claim.

"The president strongly, clearly and has consistently denied these underlying claims," White House deputy press secretary Raj Shah said.

Trump alluded to 'fake news' in a tweet he sent Monday, but did not specifically mention Daniels or the allegations.

A hearing is set for April 30.