Stormy Daniels scandal could cause the 'downfall' of President Trump
Stormy Daniels isn’t "muckraking” and the scandal could cause the “downfall” of President Trump her lawyer told today’s Good Morning Britain.
Michael Avenatti spoke to today’s programme following the FBI’s raid on Donald Trump's lawyer Michael Cohen, who is being investigated for paying her $130,000 in hush money in exchange for her signature on a Non-Disclosure Agreement. Adult film actress Stormy Daniels, real name Stephanie Clifford, claims she and President Trump had an affair in 2006. President Trump has consistently denied the affair, with the White House saying “the only person who’s been inconsistent is the one making the claims”.
Avenatti said: “My client has always fought for the ability to tell the truth about what happened. Not just about the salacious details, but more importantly, about the cover-up and the threats and intimidation tactics that were used by, we allege, the President, at the hands of his right-hand fixer Michael Cohen.”
He continued: “It’s absolutely not muckraking. The FBI in the United States does not get involved in muckraking.
“My client was more than prepared to go on about her business and not speak about this. In fact, it was Michael Cohen in February of this year who broke the confidentiality and made statements in response to a Wall Street Journal article. [He] made defamatory statements about my client, ultimately about her family and he’s created a real mess for himself now and the President of the United States. This isn’t about muckraking. There are some very serious potential criminal charges that could result from this and could potentially bring down the President of the United States.”
Of claims of misuse of campaign money, he added: “There’s this $130,000 (£100,000) payment that was made by Michael Cohen which was made in the waning days of the 2016 election. We allege that the President either knew of that payment or arranged for its reimbursement, which is illegal under federal election law here in the United States. There’s been a consistent effort to cover this up.”
He added: “The President of the United States has never denied the relationship. He’s never admitted it, but he’s also never denied it directly. We think the reason for that is he knows it’s absolutely true.
“There’s not a question in my mind she’s telling the truth. The President has never come clean about what happened here, his right-hand fixer has never come clean about what happened here and I think there’s now going to be some very serious consequences.
“This is not some minor matter. The FBI doesn’t get involved in tracking down minor crimes that don’t matter. This is a very serious issue for the President and it could result in his downfall, make no mistake about it.”