Porn Star's Attorney 'Very, Very' Confident He'll Be Able to Question Trump Under Oath

By Susan Jones | March 26, 2018 | 11:07 AM EDT

Michael Avenatti represents porn star Stephanie Clifford, also known as Stormy Daniels, in her effort to get out of what they claim is nondisclosure agreement with Donald Trump. (Photo: Screen grab/MSNBC)

(CNSNews.com) - Stormy Daniels' attorney Michael Avenatti said he and Daniels are "only getting started" in their campaign to discredit Donald Trump.

"We are going to get discovery in this case," Avenatti told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Monday. Avenatti also said he has "very, very high" confidence that he will be able to take a deposition from the president.

In the legal process, discovery is the process by which two sides exchange information that may be presented at trial. Discovery often includes deposing witnesses out of court, but under oath.

"We're going to get to the bottom of what Mr. Trump knew and when he knew it and whether he knew about the (nondisclosure) agreement and where this $130,000 payment came from," Avenatti said.



He said Daniels' claim of a consensual, one-night stand with Trump in 2006 has "serious consequences."  

"This just isn't about sex in a hotel room in Lake Tahoe. It's not about that," Avenatti said. "This is about a coverup. It's about Mr. Cohen (Trump's former attorney Michael Cohen) lying to the American people about this agreement and the fact that Mr. Trump didn't know anything about it."

Avenatti said the nondisclosure agreement Cohen presented to Daniels includes a signature line for Trump -- which supposedly proves that Trump knew about the nondisclosure agreement. But, as Avenatti has said, Trump never signed the document.

"This is a lie, but it's not a good lie, and we're going to get to the bottom of it, and we're going to blow it out of the water for the American people, and when the truth comes out, the truth is going to be very, very ugly for Mr. Cohen and the president," Avenatti said.

Avenatti said he'll need "two hours or less" to depose the president: "These are very straightforward questions," he said. "I notice that he (Trump) tweeted this morning. Why doesn't he just tweet -- if in fact he claims this to be true -- why doesn't he tweet she was never in his hotel room; he never had sex with her; he never knew about the agreement; he never knew anything about the $130,000."

Trump has never commented publicly on Daniels' or Avenatti's claims, but he has denied the claims through surrogates.

On Monday morning, Trump tweeted about "fake news," but never mentioned Daniels: "So much Fake News. Never been more voluminous or more inaccurate. But through it all, our country is doing great!" the president wrote.

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