President Trump's personal lawyers are having a busy week, and it's only Monday. On Sunday, Trump attorney Marc Kasowitz appealed a decision by New York Supreme Court Justice Jennifer Schecter to allow former Apprentice contestant Summer Zervos to sue Trump for defamation, and on Monday, lawyers for Trump and his longtime lawyer Michael Cohen filed papers in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles to force porn star Stormy Daniels into private arbitration. Daniels is suing Cohen and Trump to nullify a confidentiality agreement Daniels signed in October 2016, claiming it is invalid because Trump never signed it. Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, says she had an extramarital affair with Trump in 2006.
Daniels' lawyer, Michael Avenatti, said he and his client will "vigorously oppose" private arbitration and push for a hearing in open court.
We will vigorously oppose the just-filed motion by DJT and MC to have this case decided in a private arbitration, in a private conf room, hidden from the American public. This is a democracy and this matter should be decided in an open court of law owned by the people. #sunlight
— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) April 2, 2018