Stormy Daniels renewing bid for Trump testimony
WASHINGTON — A porn actress who says she had an affair with Donald Trump is renewing an effort to force the president to answer her attorney’s questions under oath.
An attorney for Stormy Daniels filed a motion in federal court in Los Angeles Sunday. Michael Avenatti is seeking a jury trial and wants sworn testimony from Trump and his personal lawyer, Michael Cohen.
Avenatti wants them to answer questions about a $130,000 payment made to Daniels days before the 2016 presidential election as part of a nondisclosure agreement she is seeking to invalidate.
Avenatti filed a similar motion over a week ago, which a judge deemed premature. He says in the latest filing that the timing is now right for a decision.
Avenatti also says Daniels sat with a forensic sketch artist to develop an image of the person she says threatened her to keep quiet over her alleged affair with Trump.
Avenatti tweeted a photo Sunday that he says shows Daniels and the artist. He would not say when it was taken or when a sketch would be released.
Daniels says she had sex with Trump in 2006 and was paid $130,000 before the 2016 election to stay quiet.
She says she was threatened by an unidentified man to keep quiet. An attorney for Cohen has said Cohen had nothing to do with the alleged threat.
Trump said last week he did not know about the payment, made by Cohen.