A judge has dealt a serious blow to porn star Stormy Daniels’ suit against President Donald Trump.
Attorneys for the porn star had filed a motion to depose President Trump about his knowledge of a payout she received from his attorney.
Daniels’ attorneys have tried to portray the payout as a campaign expense made with the President’s knowledge. Their hope was to depose the President and force him to address the scandal under oath.
A judge has just denied the attorney’s motion to depose the President, dealing a serious blow to the suit.
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The judge ruled Daniels cannot fast-track the efforts to depose the President, but the suit may continue, and the President may still have to be deposed, just not right away.
A federal judge has rejected — for now — a request by a lawyer for porn star Stormy Daniels to depose President Donald Trump under oath as part of an ongoing legal battle over a hush-money agreement.
The attorney for Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, immediately said he would refile the motion to depose Trump, adding that the judge’s denial was on “procedural grounds.”
“We expect this any day,” said the lawyer, Michael Avenatti.
Judge S. James Otero’s said Avenatti’s motion depose the president was “premature and must be denied” because it was filed before an anticipated filing by Trump and his personal lawyer in the case.
Avenatti said he would refile the motion in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California to seek Trump’s testimony as soon as the president and other parties in the case file an anticipated action seeking to send the dispute to a private arbitrator, instead of a judge.