Stormy Daniels' attorney, Michael Avenatti, said Thursday that President Donald Trump made a “hugely damaging admission” regarding Michael Cohen by saying Cohen represented him in the Daniels case.
During a telephone interview with “Fox & Friends” on Thursday, the president appeared to acknowledge for the first time that Cohen represented him in relation to the $130,000 payment Cohen made to Daniels just 11 days before the 2016 presidential election.
“He represents me, like with this crazy Stormy Daniels deal. He represented me. From what I see, he did absolutely nothing wrong,” President Trump said, noting that Cohen only handles “a tiny, tiny little fraction” of his overall legal work. “There were no campaign funds going into this.”
Trump has long said he had no knowledge of the payment and subsequent hush agreement placed on Daniels, but Avenatti appears to believe the president's remarks on Thursday negated his previous statements, calling the comment a “gift from the heavens.”
“That's a hugely damaging admission by the president because, according to what he said on Air Force One a few weeks ago, he didn't know anything about the agreement,” Avenatti said.
“He's now just admitted, and he tripped himself up, he's just admitted that, in fact, Michael Cohen represented him in connection with the Stormy Daniels situation,” he continued, adding that he would be using Trump's admission in court.
Avenatti also said he wanted to “send a shoutout to 'Fox & Friends'” for its work.
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On Twitter, the attorney said the president's comments on the morning show revealed that Trump's claims of innocence in regard to the hush agreement placed on Daniels were “completely false.”
Both Daniels and Avenatti have been in the spotlight since it was revealed that Cohen, the president’s personal attorney, paid the former adult film star $130,000 to keep quiet about an affair she claims she had with Trump in 2006.
Cohen has been under investigation for potential bank fraud, wire fraud, and campaign finance law violations in New York for months.
Federal agents conducted a raid on his office, home, and hotel room earlier this month after receiving a referral from special counsel Robert Mueller. The raid was not directly linked to Mueller's Russia probe.
Materials seized during the raid reportedly include documents related to his payment to Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal.
President Trump has spoken out against the raid, calling it an “attack on our country.”