On Thursday, Michael Avenatti, who serves as the attorney for adult film star Stormy Daniels, was back in court making Donald Trump’s life even more miserable and preparing to serve the president with a big helping of karma.
What is Avenatti trying to do? Well, he says that due to recent developments in the investigation being conducted into Trump’s attorney, Michael Cohen, and statements made by both Trump and Rudy Giuliani, he should be allowed to move forward with deposing the president in regard to the defamation case his client has filed against Trump.
The filing made by Avenatti, the Washington Post reports, was very specific in its language:
“In Thursday’s court filing, Avenatti said he would agree not to take sworn testimony from Cohen during the 90-day period, but said ‘new facts call into question whether Mr. Cohen’s Fifth Amendment rights relating to the matters at issue in this case are as compelling as previously argued.’
“Instead, Avenatti wants to depose Trump, who he says is not under investigation for his dealings with Stormy Daniels.”
Keep in mind that Trump has been all over the place with his comments on hush money payments made to Daniels. He initially said he knew nothing about the $130,000 paid to her by Cohen, but Giuliani later admitted that the president did know of the payment and repaid Cohen. As Avennati commented when he filed his paperwork for consideration by U.S. District Judge S. James Otero:
“Mr. Giuliani and Mr. Trump shot themselves in the foot by publicly making statements regarding the issues in our case. We believe the motion is on very solid footing.”
The day before his filing, Avenatti predicted that we should all keep an eye on what is about to happen, saying:
“There’s going to be a considerable amount of fireworks in the coming weeks.”
If Judge Otero does indeed allow for Trump to be deposed by Avenatti, it could well be disastrous for the president. The deposition would be on video, and there’s little doubt that at least portions of the video would leak out. Then Trump would be trying to fight off the growing investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller while intimate details of his sexual habits and perversions are laid bare for the world to see. The embarrassment alone would be devastating for Trump.
Keep a close eye on what happens over the next week or two. We might be watching Avenatti and Daniels help bring an end to the criminal reign of Donald J. Trump.