On Thursday, Stormy Daniels’ attorney, Michael Avenatti, has mocked President Trump by wishing a news anchor “Merry Christmas.” He also expressed his delight at the President’s decision to deny he knew about a money payment made to the porn star.
Avenatti is suing to have the nondisclosure agreement made void, and said the claim helped his client’s case. He said that if Trump himself did not know the terms of the agreement, it would be hard for his legal team to argue it was still intact.
Avenatti told MSNBC’s Ari Melber, “First of all, Ari, let me say Merry Christmas to you because it’s a very, very Merry Christmas this evening here over in our camp.”
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On Thursday, Trump spoke with reporters aboard Air Force One. When asked whether he had known that his lawyer Michael Cohen paid Daniels, he responded “no.” He went on to insist he had no knowledge of where the money came from.
They went on to ask him why Cohen wrote the six-figure check. Trump said, “You’ll have to ask Michael Cohen. Michael is my attorney.”
Avenatti said Trump’s response strengthens his client’s case.
He said, “This is what happens when you have an undisciplined client. We waited patiently, and lo and behold, Christmas has arrived. If the president didn’t know anything about the payment, then he didn’t know anything about the agreement. And in that case, you can’t have an agreement.”
Cohen has said he made that move to prevent Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, from publicly claiming that she had an affair with Trump in 2006 and 2007. This was shortly after first lady Melania gave birth to their son Barron.
On Air Force One, Trump ignored a question about whether he had set up a fund for Cohen to draw from for such purposes.
Cohen has said that he took out a home equity line of credit to withdraw the money and that he never told then-candidate Trump about it.
Cohen also denied that Trump’s campaign or his real estate company, the Trump Organization, reimbursed him for the expense.
On Thursday, Avenatti tweeted, “We very much look forward to testing the truthfulness of Mr. Trump’s feigned lack of knowledge concerning the $130k payment as stated on Air Force One. As history teaches us, it is one thing to deceive the press and quite another to do so under oath.”
Daniels is seeking a judge’s ruling that would invalidate the nondisclosure agreement she signed in exchange for the $130,000 payment. She is claiming that it is invalid because Trump himself never signed it. Cohen did, instead.
In a second tweet, Avenatti suggested that it may be difficult for Trump’s legal team to argue in court that the agreement was in force if Trump didn’t know about its terms.
He wrote, “Good (actually GREAT) things come to those who wait!!! The strength of our case just went up exponentially. You can’t have an agreement when one party claims to know nothing about it. #nodiscipline #thanksforplaying #basta”
Earlier this week, Avenatti claimed that parts of her recent ’60 Minutes’ interview were left out because the “conservative” program didn’t want to air her claim that she could identify Trump’s private parts.
Avenatti told NBC’s Megyn Kelly, “She can describe the president’s genitalia in great detail. That did not make it.”
Kelly responded, “We don’t need to hear that! My eyes – look!”
Avenatti persisted, “That did not make it in.”
Kelly interjected, “And good for them.”
Avenatti said the interview lasted two hours, but ’60 Minutes’ only aired about 14 to 16 minutes of footage.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the interview late last month drew 22 million viewers, a decade-high.
In recent months, Daniels has said that Trump invited her to his hotel room at a celebrity golf tournament. She has since claimed that the two carried on an affair for months.
Her nondisclosure agreement subjects her to fines of $1 million for each infraction.
Daniels and Avenatti have both offered to return the Cohen payment in exchange for being released from the agreement’s restrictions.
Avenatti said, “I will make the offer right now, if the president and Mr. Cohen agree that the agreement is null and void, we are done. We will deliver the money today.”
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