Stormy Daniels’s attorney, Michael Avenatti, said Tuesday that he will only be deposed under oath if President TrumpDonald TrumpHarris stumps for McAuliffe in Virginia On The Money — Sussing out what Sinema wants Hillicon Valley — Presented by Xerox — The Facebook Oversight Board is not pleased MORE does the same.
“Mr. Trump now claims through his lawyer Mr. Harder that he wants me deposed under oath,” Avenatti said on Twitter.
“No problem. Let's schedule Trump's deposition (which we have been seeking for months) & then mine for the next day,” the lawyer continued. “I will go anywhere in the world except Russia. I only need 48 hours notice.”
Mr. Trump now claims through his lawyer Mr. Harder that he wants me deposed under oath. No problem. Let's schedule Trump's deposition (which we have been seeking for months) & then mine for the next day. I will go anywhere in the world except Russia. I only need 48 hours notice.— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) July 24, 2018
Avenatti currently represents Daniels in an ongoing legal battle with the president after she alleged earlier this year that she had an affair in 2006 with the then-real estate mogul. Trump has denied the allegation, however.
The president's former longtime lawyer, Michael Cohen, arranged a nondisclosure agreement in the weeks leading up to the 2016 presidential election and reportedly paid Daniels $130,000 to keep quiet about the alleged affair. The adult-film actress is seeking to void that agreement.
The president said in May that he reimbursed Cohen for the payment, despite previously denying any knowledge of the arrangement.
Daniels also sued Trump and Cohen for defamation after the president accused her of lying about the affair.
Trump is currently being represented by Los Angeles–based attorney Charles Harder in the defamation case.
Harder, who has worked as an attorney for Trump and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpMcCain: Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner had 'no goddamn business' attending father's funeral GOP leader's remarks on Fox underscore Trump's power White House orders release of Trump records to Jan. 6 committee MORE, previously served as the lead attorney for Hulk Hogan when the former professional wrestler won a $140 million judgement against Gawker over a leaked sex tape the website published.
Harder has argued that Daniels’s defamation claim is "closely related" to her other claims that seek to invalidate the nondisclosure agreement between her and Cohen, according to The Hollywood Reporter, floating sworn testimony from Avenatti regarding a sketch Daniels released of a man she says threatened her physically over her Trump claims.