Michael Avenatti, the lawyer representing Stormy Daniels in her case against Donald Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen, appeared on CNN today to tear into the president's attorney as "moronic", "ludicrous", and "beyond stupid".
Lawyers for Cohen and the adult entertainer, Stormy Daniels, submitted a joint pleading to a federal judge in Los Angeles on Thursday indicating Cohen's plan to seek a stay of the suit, which Daniels filed in a bid to have the alleged agreement declared null and void.
"That's what we have been informed by his counsel", Avenatti said on MSNBC Thursday.
Clifford, known professionally as Stormy Daniels, sued Trump for the right to tell her story despite a non-disclosure agreement she signed in 2016 covering the alleged affair. "The man that 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 Fifth Amendment".
"They would not be raiding Michael Cohen's offices - a practicing attorney, it is a high bar to be able to go do that - they would not be able to execute on the warrants without substantial evidence of wrongdoing". "So, this is a stunning development".
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Trump, who has denied knowledge of the payment as well as Daniels' claims of an affair, said Monday that the raid on his attorney's office was a "disgrace" and an attack on the country.
Cohen's decision to speak with CNN anchor Don Lemon after the Federal Bureau of Investigation raided his office triggered Avenatti's flurry of insults, as Trump's beleaguered lawyer attempts to recover from his week filled with bad PR. "We are going to oppose that stay, we think we have very good grounds as to why there should be no delay in our case".
The Federal Bureau of Investigation raided Cohen's offices and home on Monday as part of a probe into possible bank and tax fraud and possible campaign law violation connected to the payment, a source familiar with the investigation told Reuters.
Cohen's attorney Brent Blakely said, "No decision has been made for Mr. Cohen to assert his Fifth Amendment rights".