Michael Avenatti tells MSNBC that Trump’s attorney, Michael Cohen, will “plead the 5th amendment against self incrimination” and he “will seek an emergency stay” against the defamation lawsuit.
Stormy Daniel’s attorney, Michael Avenatti, appeared on MSNBC last night telling host Nicolle Wallace that Michael Cohen is expected to plead the 5th amendment.
In this particular instance, there is no need to preface or explain Avenatti’s remarks. They clearly speak for themselves.
You can read a transcription below, followed by the a clip of the MSNBC interview itself.
NICOLE WALLACE: “So, let me get you to restate that for the non-legal beagles out here. Michael Cohen, who has essentially been in hand-to-hand combat with you over the enforcement of Stormy Daniels’ NDA [non-disclosure agreement] is now going to plead the 5th?”
MICHAEL AVENATTI: “That’s what we’ve been informed by his counsel. You may recall that one week ago, today, the president stood on Air Force One and told the American public and the press that if they had any questions about what happened relating [to] the agreement or payment that they could pose those questions to his attorney, Michael Cohen. He was emphatic and clear about that.
“We are now one week later. On Monday we had a raid on three locations associated with Michael Cohen. Today we find out that it is his intention to plead the 5th Amendment against self-incrimination in response to any questions that I might pose to him in connection with our case. They are going to seek an emergency stay.
“We have agreed to a briefing schedule relating to their motion. We are going to oppose that stay. We think we have very good grounds as to why we think there should be no delay in our case.
“But make no mistake about it, we are talking about the attorney to the president of the United States, the man who knows where a lot of bodies are buried. And we have learned within the last hour or two that it is his intention to plead the 5th Amendment.”
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