Stormy Daniel’s lawyer is making a final attempt to ask a Los Angeles federal judge to reactivate his case. Michael Avenatti wants the judge to nullify a non-disclosure agreement over $130,000 in “hush money” paid to Daniels over claims that she had a sexual affair with president Trump.
Avenatti said the case should move forward because of recent admissions from Trump and Lawyer Rudy Giuliani that the president was aware of the deal. Avenatti claims that these admissions mean he and Daniels no longer need Trump’s attorney Michael Cohen to testify because they could just depose the president instead.
“Mr. Cohen will not be deposed while the existing stay is in place. Plaintiff has agreed to only pursue a deposition of Mr. Trump — who is not reportedly under criminal investigation for any of his dealings relating to the facts of this case,” Avenatti said in the court filing.
A judge recently caused Avenatti’s legal action to be paused because lawyers for Cohen argued that he could not testify in a civil matter. Cohen is in an ongoing criminal probe in Manhattan due to his business dealings, including the $130,000 “hush money” payment to Daniels.
But Trump has recently posted a series of tweets that acknowledge he paid Cohen a monthly retainer to execute the non-disclosure agreement with Daniels. Trump still denies that he had sex with Daniels.
“These agreements are…..very common among celebrities and people of wealth. In this case it is in full force and effect and will be used in Arbitration for damages against Ms. Clifford (Daniels),” the president tweeted on May 3.
“The agreement was used to stop the false and extortionist accusations made by her about an affair,” he said.
Do you think thing “hail mary” from Avenatti will succeed?