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Published: Fri, March 30, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Stormy Daniels' Attempt to Speed Up Trial with Donald Trump Gets Denied

Stormy Daniels' Attempt to Speed Up Trial with Donald Trump Gets Denied

A USA federal judge has rejected a bid by a lawyer for adult film actress Stormy Daniels to question President Donald Trump under oath about their alleged 2006 affair and a $130,000 hush payment to her just before the 2016 election to keep quiet about the alleged liaison.

The motion is the latest in the legal battle between Daniels, an adult film actress whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, and Cohen, Trump, and the limited liability company Cohen created to pay her to keep quiet about the alleged affair with Trump more than a decade ago.

Daniels has dominated headlines ever since news of her alleged affair with Trump first broke in January.

White House press officials have repeatedly said Trump denies having unprotected sex with Daniels in 2006 although the president himself has remained uncharacteristically silent, holding no public appearances for a fifth straight day Wednesday.

Representatives for Cohen did not immediately return requests for comment.

Daniels argues the agreement is legally invalid because it was only signed by Daniels and Cohen, but was not signed by Trump.

"These passages in the Court's order do not bode well for the defendants and suggest that there is a strong likelihood that the Court will ultimately agree with our requests for discovery and a trial", Avanatti captioned a screenshot of the court documents on Thursday, March 29, via Twitter.

"... Finally, if Mr. Trump was aware of the Hush Agreement, given that he never signed it, plaintiff must be permitted to explore through document demands and deposition testimony how he claims he communicated his acceptance and assent of the agreement, including his assent to the terms requiring him to provide plaintiff with a release of claims and a covenant not to sue".

On Monday, Daniels' legal team amended her lawsuit to include a defamation claim against Cohen.

Cohen claims that he made the $130,000 payment out of his own pocket and outside of the Trump Organization, the Trump family business where he has worked.

The ruling, handed down on Thursday, said the case "is not the most important matter on the court's docket".

Otero, who was nominated to the bench by President George W. Bush in 2003, also included an admonition for those involved in the high-profile case.

Trump has denied the allegation. "Requests for expedited proceedings, hearings, and discovery not clearly supported by the record and law are discouraged".

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