Donald Trump made a huge mistake when he allegedly had sex with adult entertainer and producer, Stormy Daniels. Her attorney, Michael Avenatti, asserted that the president’s personal attorney paid her $130,000 right before the 2016 presidential election, as hush money. Now, he says there is evidence of something even more damning.
Avenatti is a pit bull, in that when he gets his teeth into a case, he never lets go. Not only that, he is a remarkably adept strategical thinker. Every time Trump speaks, Daniel’s attorney calls it another gift, and he is clearly right.
During a trip on Air Force One, Trump said he knew nothing about his own attorney, Michael Cohen, paying off Daniels and having her sign a non-disclosure agreement. The president said that the reporters would have to talk to Cohen, because he knew nothing about the situation.
Note that the man sitting in the Oval Office never denied the sexual encounter.
Avenatti has been masterful playing the media to get the most positive publicity. He appeared on CNN’s State of the Union, and commented that he did not believe that the president found out about the non-disclosure agreement via his multiple televisions.
Daniels’ attorney said he could “prove” that was the case:
‘I don’t think that’s possible and I don’t think it’s probable. And I think, at the end of the day, we’re going to be able to prove that the president knew about the agreement and knew about the $130,000,’
The actress’ attorney said that Cohen’s testimony proved that the commander-in-chief was already aware of the plan. Avenatti argued that 45 did himself a disservice when he rambled on for half an hour on Fox & Friends. That was when Trump let on that he knew about the whole plan against Daniels.
Avenatti asked the host of State of the Union, Jake Tapper a key question:
‘How could Michael Cohen have represented the president if the president never knew anything about it? It’s a critical mistake and this is what happens when you are undisciplined in litigation.’
Her attorney continued, saying lying always “comes back and bites you:”
‘You may be able to be undisciplined in politics, you may be able to lie to the press and the American people, but you can’t lie in litigation. It comes back and bites you every time.’
Daniels and Avenatti he sued the president for the purpose of formally voiding the non-disclosure agreement and for defamation of character.
Avenatti tweeted earlier that Cohen and Trump were, in essence, weak:
‘How do we know that Mr. Cohen and Mr. Trump are in full panic mode? Because they have now called in the propaganda machine and people masquerading as journalists to do their dirty work for them. Why can’t they handle us directly? I thought they were tough guys? #pathetic #basta.’
He ends every tweet with the word “basta.” People have wondered what it meant. The answer is that basta is Italian for “stop.” How appropriate.
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