Published: Sat, March 31, 2018
Sports | By Sarah Myers

Stormy Daniels' attorney files motion to depose President Trump

Stormy Daniels' attorney files motion to depose President Trump

Cohen said Daniels made defamatory statements about him in the TV interview.

Adult film star Stormy Daniels says she was threatened to keep silent about an alleged sexual encounter with Donald Trump in 2006, telling her story in a highly anticipated interview with CBS' 60 Minutes broadcast Sunday.

A lawyer for Michael Cohen, Trump's personal attorney, demanded that Daniels publicly apologize to his client for suggesting he was involved in her intimidation.

Daniels sued Trump and Essential Consulting, a business set up by Cohen to pay Daniels, over an alleged hush agreement Daniels signed with Essential Consulting barring her from discussing her alleged relationship with Trump.

Daniels argues the agreement is legally invalid because it was only signed by Daniels and Cohen, but was not signed by Trump.

A weekly recap of the top political stories from The Globe, sent right to your email. The hush agreement states that whenever Daniels speaks about the incident she will be fined $1 million.

She received a 130,000 dollar (£91,000) payment days before the 2016 presidential election for her silence and has sought to invalidate a nondisclosure agreement.

Stormy Daniels "intends to prove that the Hush Agreement did not have a lawful object or goal", Avenatti argues in the motion.

She came off as someone who has been rattled by the alleged threats from Team Trump, but who has thought through her decision to go public and is not about to back down.

If the Nielsen company's audience estimate of 22.06 million for the "60 Minutes" interview holds, it would mean more people watched the Daniels interview than the one "60 Minutes" aired with President-elect Trump and his family on November 13, 2016.

"The president strongly, clearly and consistently has denied the underlying claims and the only person who has been inconsistent is the one making the claims", said White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah.

A hard-charging lawyer maintaining a near-constant presence on television news, Mr Avenatti wants to question Mr Trump and Mr Cohen for "no more than two hours".

And that's on President Donald Trump, not Daniels or "60 Minutes".

Wisely she took responsibility for her own actions, even when she says she realized she had put herself where she had not meant to be, Trump's bed. On Monday, she claimed she was defamed by a statement Cohen issued last month that made her sound like a liar. The payment also appears to have violated federal campaign laws. In response, Ms Daniels has submitted a revised federal lawsuit accusing Mr Cohen of defamation.

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