'Nixon 2.0': Stormy Daniels Lawyer Avenatti Says Cohen Should Release 'Trump Tapes' Involving His Client
President Donald Trump's estranged fixer Michael Cohen and lawyer Michael Avenatti are engaged in a legal battle over both Avenatti's role in Cohen's court case and the release of bank documents to the public.
Cohen, represented by attorney Stephen Ryan, says Avenatti engaged in "intentional, malicious and prejudicial" release of bank records.
Avenatti claims he and Stephanie Clifford, known as Stormy Daniels, "did not do anything improper relating to the release of any information concerning Mr. Cohen."
Judge Kimba Wood told Avenatti that he would have to choose between his "publicity tour" and participating in the case, because his media claims are prejudicial to possible jurors.
Avenatti made yet another media statement suggesting Cohen and Trump are criminals after leaving court.
"Mr. Cohen and his attorney Mr. Ryan should release all of those audio recording to the American people and to Congress so they can be heard by all," Avenatti said.
Avenatti said the public should be able to evaluate evidence that could reveal conspiracy between Cohen and Trump to commit crimes.
Michael Cohen and his attorney "should release all of those audio recordings to the American people and to Congress… https://t.co/7WAE18CoeT— The Beat with Ari Melber on MSNBC 📺 (@The Beat with Ari Melber on MSNBC 📺) 1527698796
Avenatti also released a statement about the tapes on Twitter.
The #TrumpTapes that were just disclosed in court as a result of our efforts should be released immediately. Not tm… https://t.co/QlNqDx5uub— Michael Avenatti (@Michael Avenatti) 1527695861
"The #TrumpTapes that were just disclosed in court as a result of our efforts should be released immediately," he wrote. "Not tmrw, not next week or next month. Now. Nixon 2.0. #Basta."