Hey, do you guys remember former Stormy Daniels’ lawyer Michael Avenatti, who she helped put in prison? Well, he’s tweeting from inside, issuing a warning about unseen evidence, which he claims is considerable in volume, that might end up helping the former president if this case ends up going to trial. Right now, the grand jury phase keeps getting pushed back, which could indicate that Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg might be having doubts about the whole thing.
“Avenatti rose to fame in 2018 while representing Daniels in legal efforts to invalidate her non-disclosure agreement related to the 2016 payment. During that time, he also mulled a presidential campaign and regularly appeared on cable networks. The former Daniels lawyer lost a defamation suit he brought against Trump on Daniels’ behalf,” Just the News reported. “He was arrested in 2018 and has since been convicted of extortion, wife fraud, and other crimes. He has continued to tweet sporadically while serving his sentence.”
“There are many critical facts and pieces of evidence (texts, emails, etc.) relating to the hush money scandal that have yet to see the light of day,” he stated last week of Bragg’s investigation into Trump and the whole hush money debacle. “And they will unfortunately be very damaging to the prosecution if Trump stands trial. At this point, you simply can’t build a case on the testimony of Cohen & Daniels.”
Of course, Avenatti did not provide further details on what that evidence might be, so take it all with a grain of salt. Especially coming from a guy behind bars. But it does pose an interesting hypothesis.
“Avenatti posted the warning prior to Trump’s Saturday announcement that he expected to be arrested this week, a development that has not yet occurred. He also said that Trump’s current attorney, Joe Tacopina, is a much more formidable legal advisor to Trump than any of the semi-celebrity lawyers with whom he has been known to associate,” the report continued.
“Atty Joe Tacopina is no Rudy Giuliani/Sydney Powell. The guy knows his way around a criminal courtroom. He will destroy Michael ‘Dumb as a Box of Rocks’ Cohen on the stand, esp. seeing as Cohen publicly lied for 15 mos. and now won’t stop talking on TV,” he remarked.
Tacopina has addressed more than a few of the potential arguments against his client. During an interview with everyone’s least favorite liberal news network, MSNBC, he said that Trump’s payment to Cohen was a legitimate legal fee in order to settle a bill for services rendered, pointing out that Cohen paid Daniels directly before that.
“The payments were made to a lawyer, not to Stormy Daniels. The payments were made to Donald Trump’s lawyer, which would be considered legal fees,” he contended.
The attorney has also tried to offer a rebuttal to the idea that this kind of payment would have been a violation of campaign finance law, making the claim that the former president would have made the payment even if he hadn’t been running for president.
“If the spending were the fulfillment of a commitment or the expenditure would exist irrespective of a campaign, it’s not a campaign law violation,” he said at the end of the interview. “End of story. This would exist irrespective of the campaign.”