Stormy Daniels' attorney wants to depose Donald Trump
Lawyer for Trump's attorney Michael Cohen pans the move as attention-seeking ploy
An attorney for an adult-film star claiming a sexual encounter with U.S. President Donald Trump filed a motion Wednesday seeking to depose the president and his attorney.
Michael Avenatti filed the papers in federal court in California. In the documents, he seeks to depose Trump and Trump attorney Michael Cohen about a $130,000 US payment made to Stormy Daniels days before the 2016 presidential election.
"We're looking for sworn answers from the president and Mr. Cohen about what they knew, when they knew it and what they did about it," Avenatti told The Associated Press.
Cohen has said he paid the $130,000 out of his own pocket, while asserting Trump never had sex with the porn performer.
In a statement to CBS, Cohen's attorney David Schwartz called the filing a "reckless use of the legal system in order to continue to inflate Michael Avenatti's deflated ego and keep himself relevant."
A hearing before Judge S. James Otero in the federal court's Central District in Los Angeles is set for April 30.
Deposition proved troublesome for Clinton
Trump has not spoken on the matter, although the White House has said he denies the sexual encounter even took place. The White House communications department hasn't specified why an agreement with Daniels would therefore be needed, referring all questions to Cohen.
Daniels alleged in a 60 Minutes interview that aired Sunday she was threatened in 2011 by an unknown man not to publicly reveal details of her interactions with Trump, around the time she gave an interview with a magazine, which was never published.
It's rare for a president to be deposed: It happened most recently to Bill Clinton in 1998 during the Paula Jones sexual harassment suit, which only occurred after the Supreme Court ruled that a sitting president was not immune from civil
litigation on something that happened before they took office and was unrelated to the office.
During that deposition, Clinton was put on the record about an alleged sexual affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky, which he denied. It was later revealed that Clinton had lied about the affair.
Jones's case was dismissed by a judge, then appealed. The appeal was still pending when Clinton agreed to pay $850,000 to Jones to settle the case. He did not admit wrongdoing.
With files from CBC News