Donald Trump’s befuddled lead attorney, former New York City mayor, Rudy Giuliani, dropped a real bomb on live tv. First, he revealed that his boss, the president, reimbursed adult entertainment star and producer, Stormy Daniels, $130,000 in hush money. Then, another player in this drama revealed a deeper secret.
This really just happened.
Stormy Daniels on the SNL cold open. pic.twitter.com/nyTSlhd3cy
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) May 6, 2018
Days before the 2016 presidential election, the president’s personal attorney and self-described “fixer,” Michael Cohen, gave Daniels’ the money and an unsigned non-disclosure agreement. Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, hired pit bull attorney, Michael Avenatti,T to sue Trump.
Giuliani told Fox News that Trump’s other attorney would have paid other women as well “if it was necessary.” Then, Giuliani said he had no knowledge of such agreements. Later, Daniels’ attorney told CNN’s Anderson Cooper:
‘The president had effectively an extramarital affair slush fund that was administered by Michael Cohen, and that he would just be expected to take care of these things. I mean, that in and of itself should be very disturbing. Most people of means, most people of wealth and celebrity, they don’t have extramarital affair slush funds and the suggestion is insulting.’
When Avenatti appeared on CBS’ Face the Nation with Margaret Brennan, the host pointed out that Daniels had appeared on SNL (Saturday Night Live). Then, she asked:
‘Rudy Giuliani said it’s another sign that it’s just hard to take this case seriously. How would you respond to him?’
Avenatti replied, “we’ve proven to be very serious:”
‘Well I don’t think her appearance on Saturday Night Live has anything to do with whether it’s a serious case bargain or not. I think that over the last few months we’ve proven to be very serious about this case in fact far more serious than Michael Cohen, Mr. Trump, or now Mr. Giuliani. I mean this is the rope-a-dope defense that we’re seeing play out over the last week or so.’
The show’s host asked Daniels’ attorney what “ammunition” Giuliani gave him:
‘Mr. Avenatti, do you believe that in many ways your client’s case against the president, I’ve heard you say, has gotten stronger over the past few days. What specifically did Rudy Giuliani give you in terms of ammunition?’
The attorney said his case is “considerably stronger:”
Well there’s no question it’s gotten considerably stronger and it’s even gotten stronger this morning. You know the more they talk the better our case gets and here’s why. Because they can’t keep their stories straight. They can’t keep their lies straight…It’s a cover up.’
Then, Brennan asked about any plan to “depose (testify under oath) the president.” Avenatti said he was looking forward to putting the commander-in-chief on the stand:
‘I have to tell you that with each passing day with more and more statements made by Mr. Giuliani, Ms. Conway now, Michael Cohen’s attorneys, and others the likelihood of us being able to place this president under oath I think has gone up exponentially and I’m looking forward to that time I mean maybe we can ask him what he meant by the word no during that deposition although I think people know -‘
Brennan pointed out that “at least 19 women” made accusations against Trump:
‘The Trump campaign faced accusations around the time that this payment was made to your client Stormy Daniels. There were at least 19 women who accuse the president of assault, harassment, other kinds of unwanted sexual advances. Your client claims a consensual relationship with the president. Why do you think that this kind of nondisclosure agreement, this kind of very different approach to your client was adopted instead of simply denying it as they did around 20 other women.’
Avenatti responded “Mr. Trump knows that this is true:”
‘That there’s no question that this relationship occurred…I mean Margaret all you have to do is look at how they now claim the reimbursement occurred to know that something doesn’t smell right. If it was all above board why wouldn’t he have just written the check or sent a wire transfer to Michael Cohen of 130,000 dollars. Why this whole scheme? I don’t get it.’
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