WASHINGTON — A porn actress who says she had an affair with Donald Trump renewed an effort Sunday to get the president to reply her lawyer’s questions below oath.

An lawyer for Stormy Daniels filed the movement in federal court docket in Los Angeles. Michael Avenatti is in search of a jury trial and desires sworn testimony from Trump and his private lawyer, Michael Cohen a couple of $130,000 fee made to Daniels days earlier than the 2016 presidential election as a part of a nondisclosure settlement she is in search of to invalidate.

Trump answered questions on Daniels for the primary time final week, saying he had no data of the fee made by Cohen and including that he didn’t know the place Cohen had gotten the cash. The White Home has persistently mentioned Trump denies the affair and Cohen has held that he made the fee out of his personal pocket, with out involvement from the Trump Group or the Trump marketing campaign.

Cohen didn’t instantly reply to a request in search of remark Sunday.

Avenatti filed an identical movement over every week in the past, which a decide deemed untimely. He refiled after Trump requested a federal decide to order non-public arbitration within the case. Trump and Cohen filed papers final week asking a decide to rule that the case have to be heard by an arbitrator as a substitute of a jury. Avenatti opposes non-public arbitration.

Within the submitting, Avenatti says he desires to query Trump and Cohen for “not more than two hours.” He says the depositions are wanted to determine if Trump knew concerning the settlement settlement and if he “actually didn’t know concerning the $130,000 fee.” He additionally asks if Trump was concerned in any effort to “silence” Daniels.

Daniels, whose authorized identify is Stephanie Clifford, mentioned in a current interview with CBS’ “60 Minutes” that she was threatened by an unidentified man to maintain quiet concerning the affair. Avenatti tweeted a photograph Sunday that he mentioned confirmed Daniels sitting with a forensic sketch artist to develop a picture of the individual she says threatened her in a Las Vegas car parking zone in 2011 when she was together with her toddler daughter.

That interview prompted a lawyer for Cohen to demand that Daniels publicly apologize to his consumer for suggesting Cohen was concerned in her intimidation. Daniels responded by submitting a revised federal lawsuit accusing Cohen of defamation.

Avenatti didn’t say Sunday when the {photograph} had been taken, or when a sketch could also be launched.

If this authorized transfer is profitable, this may be the primary deposition of a sitting president since Invoice Clinton in 1998 needed to reply questions on his conduct with ladies.

 

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