Trump Just Threw His Lawyer Under The Bus And Stormy’s Lawyer Celebrates

After months of silence about an affair with adult film star Stormy Daniels, Donald Trump finally spoke about it, and what he said prompted Daniels’ lawyer, Michael Avenatti, to call Trump’s remarks “a gift from the heavens.”



Yesterday as Trump was boarding Air Force One, a reporter asked him about the alleged 2006 affair —  and the hush payoff:

REPORTER: Did you know about the $130,000 payment to Stormy Daniels?

TRUMP: No.

REPORTER: Then why did Michael Cohen make it, if there was no truth to her allegations?

TRUMP: You’ll have to ask Michael Cohen. Michael’s my attorney, and you’ll have to ask Michael

REPORTER: Do you know where he got the money to make that payment?

TRUMP: No. I don’t know.

REPORTER: Did you ever set up a fund of money that he could pull from?

Trump declined to answer the last question and took questions from a different reporter in an effort to change the subject, but his answers about Cohen will spell trouble for both Trump and Cohen.



Avenatti immediately went on a press tour and told MSNBC’s Ari Melber, “This is a gift from the heavens. I could think of few things that would be better for our case than the statements that the president made on Air Force One.”

Daniels’ lawyer also told Melber: “They are setting Michael Cohen up to be the fall guy… I don’t think he has the metal [mettle] to withstand it”

On another MSNBC show, Avenatti said he believes Trump “finally cracked.” And added, “[Trump] has actively thrown Michael Cohen under the bus by making these statements on Air Force One. But this is an undisciplined guy. He finally cracked. We knew he would crack eventually. We have been patient.”

This is all about a hush contract created in October 2016 – one month before the general election – which forbids Stormy Daniels from publicly discussing the alleged 2006 affair she had with Trump. The adult film star is disputing the non-disclosure agreement, and Trump just made it easier for her to get that NDA lifted.

As Think Progress noted: “This could both create a legal problem for Cohen, potentially putting his law license in jeopardy, and also serve as a basis for Daniels to void the agreement. These representations by Trump are described as a ‘material inducement’ for Daniels to enter into the agreement. If Trump was not aware of the agreement — and therefore not making these representations — Daniels can argue she was fraudulently induced to sign the agreement.”

Avenatti is clearly feeling confident:

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