Michael Avenatti tells the Guardian a significant amount of evidence is going to come to light and says the American public will be disgusted by it
Will a porn star help to bring down a president? Stormy Daniels lawyer thinks so.
Ultimately, he is going to be forced to resign, said Michael Avenatti, the attorney for the adult film actor who says she had an affair with Donald Trump and was paid by Trumps lawyer, Michael Cohen, to keep it quiet.
I dont know how he will ultimately spin his departure, but I firmly believe there is going to be too much evidence of wrongdoing by him and those around him for him to be able to survive the balance of his term.
Avenatti spoke to the Guardian in New York on Friday. He is convinced Trump will not be impeached but will find himself unable to stay in his job before his term ends in January 2021.
Cohen is under federal investigation. In a series of lawsuits, Daniels is suing Cohen and Trump for defamation, and to extricate herself from a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) under which she was paid $130,000 by Cohen shortly before the 2016 election.
We have only scratched the surface in this case, Avenatti said. Not only do I think that, I know that. There is going to be a significant amount of evidence thats going to come to light, and when that evidence is presented, and when the American people learn of it, they are going to be disgusted by the conduct of Mr Trump and Mr Cohen, and that serious consequences will result.
Trump has denied an affair with Daniels. In April, he told reporters on Air Force One he had not known about the payment made by Cohen. But on Wednesday, Rudy Giuliani, newly appointed to Trumps legal team, dropped a bombshell when he told Fox News host Sean Hannity the president in fact knew about the payment and had reimbursed Cohen.
That led to a mind-boggling 48 hours in which Trump first acknowledged the substance of what Giuliani disclosed, then accused the former New York mayor of not having his facts straight as Giuliani tried to row back. All the while, aides have insisted the president never had sex with Daniels. Trump and Giuliani also maintained that the $130,000 payment did not violate campaign finance laws, which ethics experts have strongly questioned.
Avenatti challenged Trumps wisdom in bringing the former mayor of New York City into his team of attorneys.
Rudy used to be one hell of a lawyer, he said, over coffee at a hotel overlooking Carnegie Hall in Manhattan, but he is far past prime time at this point, as evidenced by his statements over the last two days. He must be confused.
Daniels who has said she prefers not to use her real name, Stephanie Clifford is suing Trump separately over his dismissal of her account of being told by a strange man in a parking lot to keep the story of the alleged affair to herself.