According to court documents obtained by The Blast, Trump’s legal team filed an emergency request on Thursday asking a judge to grant them a 30-day extension to file their answer or a motion to dismiss. The current deadline is April 9.
Trump’s lawyers argue that the deadline to respond comes “well before this Court’s anticipated ruling on the Arbitration Motion.” His legal team has long believed this matter should be decided in arbitration and believe the court should rule on that before they are required to respond.
They argue, “If the Arbitration Motion is granted, it will likely obviate the need for Defendants to file any response” to the complaint.
Before filing this request, Donald Trump’s lawyers say they contact Michael Avenatti, Daniels’ lawyer to try and work out a compromise. They claim Avenatti took over 30 hours to respond and when he did, he offered to schedule a call for two days later.
But during that time, they claim Avenatti “appeared on at least three national television news shows to discuss this case: (a) Anderson Cooper 360 on CNN; (b) Megyn Kelly Today on NBC News; and (c) New Day on CNN, with Alisyn Camerota.”
They are seeking either the 30-day extension or “14 days (or another reasonable period of time) following the Court’s ruling on the Arbitration Motion.”
A judge has yet to rule.