Michael Avenatti, personal attorney for adult film star Stormy Daniels, called on President Donald Trump and Michael Cohen to disclose financial documents related to Cohen’s multi-purpose linked shell company.
“Michael Cohen and the president should cause these bank statements of Michael Cohen to be released this morning if there’s nothing improper about then,” Avenatti told the hosts of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”
Daniels’ attorney argued that the media has the right to know the full extent of Cohen’s financials and that possible Russian influence with Cohen and the Trump campaign could be clarified if the documents are made public.
On Tuesday, Avenatti accused the president’s embattled attorney of accepting a $500,000 from a company linked to Russian oligarch Viktor Vekselberg in the months following the 2016 presidential election. Then, on Twitter, Avenatti shared a report that alleges the Russian-backed payment may have funded the $130,000 hush money payment made to Daniels.
Watch Avenatti’s interview below:
“Mr. Cohen inexplicably accepted these payments while he was the personal attorney to the president and holding himself out at times as employed by the Trump Organization (with few other clients),” the report read, in part.
“Michael Cohen appears to be selling access to the president of the United States,” Avenatti added to hosts, questioning if some of that Russian-linked money made its way to Trump.
Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani confirmed last week that Trump — who previously claimed he had no knowledge of the Daniels settlement — refunded Cohen for the $130,000 payment. Giuliani stressed, however, that Trump’s reimbursement was totally legal and not a violation of campaign finance rules.
“That was money that was paid by his lawyer, the way I would do, out of his law firm funds or whatever funds, it doesn’t matter. The president reimbursed that over a period of several months,” the former mayor said on Fox.