The federal judge at the heart of the Stormy Daniels case has refused the porn star’s motion to depose President Trump. Daniels is seeking to end a hush contract she says Trump had her sign after their alleged affair several years ago. The agreement restricts her from speaking about the affair or any event associated with it in a public space, something the adult actress claims is neither fair nor any longer supported by reason.
• Part of the confusion and controversy around this issue stems from the fact that Trump denies ever having an affair with Stormy. Both he and his representatives have staunchly refused to confirm any sort of relationship between the two.
• The case is also difficult to try and judge because Trump himself wasn’t involved in signing the agreement. Instead, Daniels dealt directly with Essential Consultants, a firm originally appointed by Trump’s lawyer Cohen. Cohen claims Trump never signed the agreement, and thus, cannot be included.
• The primary reason the judge rejected the motion has little to do with its validity. Instead, the refusal is a temporary measure to give Trump and his representatives time to file their own motion, which is expected in the coming days.
• Essential Consultants, who originally signed the deal with Daniels, does plan to submit their own motion to force the issue into binding arbitration. Michael Avenatti, Daniels’ lawyer, has said that he will re-file the rejected motion the moment Essential Consultants files their motion.
• Avenatti also claims that, because Trump did not sign the agreement, the agreement in question is null and void anyway. In order for a judge to agree, such a claim would need to be proven in a court of law with precedent and real evidence.
• Daniels and her lawyer have questioned the request for arbitration, suggesting that the President only desires arbitration because it keeps the issue out of public view. Trump’s representatives have said that arbitration will speed up the resolution of the issue much faster than a trial.