LOS ANGELES — Stormy Daniels once again asked a federal judge for permission to depose President Trump and personal lawyer Michael Cohen over details of a nondisclosure agreement related to her alleged affair with Trump.
Daniels attorney Michael Avenatti refiled a motion in Los Angeles federal court late Sunday to depose Trump and Cohen for “no more than two hours” each.
Avenatti also asked the court to order a trial “as soon as possible.” The motion is similar to another he filed several weeks ago, which U.S. District Judge James Otero denied and called “premature” at the time.
The adult superstar seeks a judgment finding the NDA between herself, Essential Consultants — a corporate entity Cohen set up for the purpose of paying her — and Trump “void, invalid, or unenforceable” because the president never signed it.
Daniels, who said she had sex with Trump in 2006, said that after Cohen learned of her plans to share her account of the affair publicly he prepared the NDA and paid her $130,000.
Trump made his first public comments about the case last week, saying he had no knowledge of the payment. Cohen said he used his own money to finance the payment.
Just today, federal authorities raided the Cohen’s law office, seizing records related to several topics including payments to Daniels.
The FBI seized emails, tax documents and business records, including communications between Trump and Cohen.