Stormy Daniels' Lawyer Produces Email Evidence of Michael Cohen Admitting He Spoke for Trump

In a Friday evening interview with Anderson Cooper, Stormy Daniels’ attorney Michael Avenatti revealed a new chain of emails that create a paper trail for the transfer of the $130,000 payoff. The email also has Trump attorney Michael Cohen admitting that he was speaking on behalf of Donald Trump.

Avenatti also noted that there was language in the exchange of emails that seems to refute the claim Cohen was acting of his own accord and not on behalf of the Trump Organization or Trump himself.

He also refuted the idea that the arbitration had valid legal standing to move forward. He explained the case was brought by an LLC and not by Trump. Avenatti also questioned whether Cohen is even licensed to practice law in California, where the case moved forward. 

“This is yet another email that shows that throughout this negotiation period, this period during which his attorney, Cohen, was negotiating on the president’s behalf,” Avenatti explained. “He was routinely using his email address at the Trump Organization and his email signature block to identify that he was doing this on behalf of the Trump Organization. And if you look at the email, the last email in the string, it talks about how the office is closed for Yom Kippur. And, if I can set the stage, mid-October was around the time period that the payment was to be made. It ultimately was not made and the deal fell apart for a while.”

Avenatti said that nugget of information is important, because if Cohen was acting of his own accord and not on behalf of Trump, it wouldn’t have mattered whether the Trump Organization office was open or not.

Another email exchange walks through how the payment was deposited into Daniels’ account.

“We believe this is pivotal for the following reason: the initial email in the string, which is at the bottom of the page is an email from a representative of firm alerting him that they have effectively laid out his wishes,” Avenatti said about the payment to Daniels. “He turns around then and forwards that email to himself. He then turns around and forwards that to his personal email account which is the next email in the string above that.”

“Why would Michael Cohen then feel the need to forward that email to himself, to his private email address, to then communicate with Stormy Daniels’ attorney?” Anderson Cooper wondered.

Avenatti said he didn’t have an answer.

In the second half of the interview, Avenatti explained that the payment to Daniels was done via wire transfer. Banks are required to file a Suspicious Activity Report (SAR) for transfers over $9,000. That can be tracked, because the Internal Revenue Service requires specific details be filed for large transfers. The federal government would have that information and Avenatti explained that Trump and the IRS could release the information on where the wire transfers all came from. If they wanted to.

Watch the full interview below:

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