'Michael Cohen Is Going to Flip': Stormy Daniels' Lawyer Explains Trump and Giuliani's Desperate Legal Strategy
Michael Avenatti said Monday that Rudy Giuliani and President Donald Trump's most recent legal strategy can only be explained as an attempt to get ahead of damaging information that they know is coming out soon.
"What we've witnessed over the last four to five days has been their effort to get out in front of a story that they lost track of," he said to Ari Melber on MSNBC's "The Beat."
Avenatti, who represents Stephanie Clifford (better known as Stormy Daniels) in her lawsuit against the president over a hush money agreement that was designed to keep her silent about an alleged affair she had with Trump, said, "They know what's coming next."
He was referring to the recent media blitz by Giuliani, who recently came on board the president's legal team, in which he undermined Trump's claims not to have known about the hush money payment to Clifford and raised a host of other legal issues for the president.
"What's coming next is evidence that we have, and evidence that I'm sure is in the hands of law enforcement by way of the FBI raids, and by way of the fact that [Trump's attorney] Michael Cohen is going to flip on the president," Avenatti said.
If any of this evidence or testimony proves that the president did know about the payment to Daniels, Trump and his lawyer may have figured it was best to come out and make that admission ahead of time. But Giuliani's appearances and statements have been so contradictory and muddled that it's hard to see how they could have done any good for the president's legal standing.
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Trump, Giuliani had to try and "get out in front" of the Stormy Daniels story because "they know what's coming next"— TheBeat w/Ari Melber (@TheBeatWithAri) May 7, 2018
"Michael Cohen is going to flip on this President as I predicted weeks ago" - @MichaelAvenatti pic.twitter.com/Ym3qTF3HM0