Published: Wed, May 16, 2018

President Trump May Acknowledge Paying Off Stormy Daniels in Routine Campaign Paperwork

President Trump May Acknowledge Paying Off Stormy Daniels in Routine Campaign Paperwork

Cohen's lawyers argued that Avenatti could not have legally obtained the information and contended that his conduct was so egregious that a judge should prevent him from being involved in a pending federal case in NY over the records that were seized when FBI agents raided Cohen's home and office last month.

Novartis, a Swiss pharmaceutical company, said in a statement that they had entered into a year-long deal with Cohen "shortly after the election of President Trump, focused on US healthcare policy matters".

President Donald Trump may soon have to acknowledge a payoff to porn star Stormy Daniels through something relatively mundane: a mandatory financial disclosure filing.

Avenatti represents Stormy Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, and he regularly appears on CNN, MSNBC, and other news networks. Daniels says Trump and Cohen tried to buy her silence about an affair she claims she had with Trump years ago, shortly after Trump married current wife Melania Trump.

Daniels and Avenatti have also been at the center of a related scandal, in which they claimed one of Trump's attorneys, Michael Cohen, paid Daniels $130,000 in 2016 to keep quiet about the affair.

"I think it's part of a very successful public relations campaign to garner sympathy for his client and spread on-the-record materials relating to Mr. Cohen that he's come in to possession of", Paul Rosenzweig, a former legal adviser to Whitewater independent counsel Kenneth Starr, told TPM. But they said Avenatti also "appears to be in possession of some information from Mr. Cohen's actual bank records". "Ms. Daniels's case has never been stronger".

Lawyers for Cohen have objected, and Judge Kimba Wood is mulling the issue.

Michael Avenatti said in court papers filed in federal court in NY that he had a First Amendment right to publish the information that was "of the utmost public concern". "So if I were you, I would tell Mr. Trump to find someone else to fabricate things about me".

"I knew he was married, and there he was asking me to go on his plane".

In an interview with MSNBC Monday, Avenatti said he released the information about Cohen because "people should have the truth, the whole truth".

Reached by phone hours earlier, Avenatti had a blunter message for those questioning his strategy: "If they don't like it, tough shit".

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