Stormy Daniels’ lawyer signals ‘Big problems lie ahead for Mr. Cohen and Mr. Trump’
Michael Avenatti says he’s vetting at least two more former lovers who claim they also signed hush deals with Donald Trump
These women’s claims are “on solid ground,” Avenatti said on NBC’s ‘Morning Joe’ Thursday
Avenatti indicated the payments were possibly larger than the $130,000 deal Michael Cohen made with Stormy Daniels
Adult film actress, Daniels is suing Trump and Cohen for defamation.
Trump has insisted Daniels’ claims are rubbish, that he let his ‘fixer’, Michael Cohen handle the such matters without delving deeply himself, including possible payoffs
If there were three women involved in hush-money deals instead of just one, however, the credibility of his denials could vanish, said Avenatti
Govt ethics lawyer raised concerns about the listing of Trump’s reimbursements to Cohen, listed in a disclosure report released Wednesday,
Concerns brought to the attention of Deputy AG, Rob Rosenstein
The women’s claims are “on solid ground,” Avenatti said on NBC’s ‘Morning Joe’
The attorney for Stormy Daniels is vetting two more women who claim they were silenced about affairs they had with President Trump.
Michael Avenatti also signaled the women may have received larger payments than the $130,000 that Daniels received right before the election to not discuss a 2006 tryst.”I think we are on the verge of being able to state that they’re fully vetted,” Avenatti said Thursday during an appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “It’s up to them ultimately if they’re willing to come forward.”
Avenatti’s client Stormy Daniels, is adamant she had a physical relationship with Donald Trump
The attorney said the women’s accounts are “on solid ground,” but didn’t provide many details about some of their allegations.
But he said it might show the X-rated actress wasn’t the only woman to reach a quiet settlement with Trump or his longtime fixer Michael Cohen.
Avenatti on ‘Morning Joe’ [left], said Trump [centre], made reimbursements to Cohen for hush payments to porn star for stormy Daniels [right]
On Thursday Avenatti said the two women who have contacted him most recently appear to have been paid more for their silence than the $130,000 Daniels received just days before the 2016 presidential election that which Trump won.
The relationships are documented, he explained, but he’s still carefully vetting their stories.
It’s unclear, Avenatti added, whether the potential onetime Trump mistresses will be as eager as Daniels to leap into the glare of a worldwide spotlight.
‘We don’t know yet’ if they will go public, he said, ‘and that’s a big issue for them.’
Avenetti tweeted after his MSNBC appearance Thursday that ‘big problems lie ahead for Mr. Cohen and Mr. Trump
President Trump and the White House have consistently denied Daniels’ claim that the pair had a sexual fling in 2006 and 2007.
But the Office of Government Ethics released his 2017 financial disclosure on Tuesday, which acknowledges that he reimbursed Cohen for an amount between $100,001 and $250,000 – likely the Daniels hush money.
A former Playboy model named Karen McDougal also claims to have bedded Trump, and accepted a $150,000 payment from the National Enquirer for exclusive rights to her story.
The supermarket tabloid owned by David Pecker, the longtime CEO of the Enquirer’s parent company, has long had strong ties with Trump. Chose not to publish it, in what editors typically refer to as a ‘catch and kill’ scheme.
Avenatti indicated the payments to the newly discovered ex-mistresses, were possibly larger than the $130,000 deal Michael Cohen made with Stormy Daniels. Trump lawyer Michael Cohen, by several accounts, was the conduit for money to pay off Daniels
“I think as the evidence comes out over the coming months, disclosures are going to be made that my client was not alone — that Michael Cohen was not a 24-hour, seven-day-a-week fixer for the sole purpose of taking care of Stormy Daniels,” he said.
The women were among several claims the southern California-based attorney said he’s received about alleged rendezvous with the Trump.
Avenatti also indicated documentation the women have is also being vetted.
But he wouldn’t say if the payments were possibly made during the campaign like the Daniels non-disclosure agreement 11 days the election.
A government ethics lawyer raised concerns about the listing of Trump’s [left], reimbursements to Cohen for hush payments to porn star stormy Daniels [right]. The govt watch dog brought it to the attention of Deputy AG, Rob Rosenstein, after it was listed in a disclosure report released Wednesday
“I don’t want to get into the exact timing considerations of when they occurred, but I think they may prove to be problematic,” he said.
Cohen’s arrangement with Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, has been picked apart be good government groups who believe it was an undisclosed campaign expenditure.
Trump’s 2018 financial disclosure released Wednesday stated it reimbursed Cohen last year for $100,001 to $250,000 in expenditures, raising a top government watchdog’s concern that Trump didn’t list the financial liability in 2017.
Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who joined the Trump legal team late last month, downplayed the disclosure as “an abundance of caution.”
Avenatti [left], discusses with NBC’s Ari Melbar [centre] and ‘Morning Joe’ co-host, Mika Brezenski, the dangers posed to Trump and Cohen with revelation of further hush money payments , made just before the elections
Adult film actress, Daniels [photo], is suing Trump and Cohen for defamation. Cohen’s Manhattan office and two residences were raided earlier this year, by feds.
Giuliani previously said he was unaware if Cohen made agreements with other women, “but I would think if it was necessary, yes.”
The women were still debating coming forward about their claims, Avenatti said on Morning Joe, but he later tweeted they could spell more trouble for the President.