The attorney for porn star Stormy Daniels suggested Monday that President Donald Trump hasn’t tweeted about Daniels because, despite denials made on his behalf, the president knows her allegations of an affair are true.
“Isn’t it interesting, Gayle, that we have a president that will tweet about the most mundane matters, but he won’t tweet about my client, the affair, the agreement or the $130,000 payment,” Michael Avenatti told “CBS This Morning” anchor Gayle King on Monday. “You know why he won’t tweet about it? Because it’s true. It’s 100 percent true.”
In a 60 Minutes interview that aired Sunday night, Daniels rehashed the details of her relationship with Trump, which began in Reno, Nevada, in 2006 with one sexual encounter. The two continued to speak and meet, Daniels said, with the president promising but ultimately failing to secure a spot for the adult film actress on his NBC reality TV show, “The Apprentice.”
Daniels also said that after she spoke about her affair with Trump to “In Touch” magazine, she was threatened in a Las Vegas parking lot by a man who approached her and her infant daughter and told her “Leave Trump alone. Forget the story,” and “that’s a beautiful little girl. It’d be a shame if something happened to her mom.”
Though Trump has not personally addressed the allegations, the White House has denied that he had an affair with Daniels. The president’s longtime personal attorney, Michael Cohen, has said that the president did not have an affair with Daniels and was not aware of a nondisclosure agreement signed days before the 2016 election that paid Daniels $130,000 — money paid by Cohen. Avenatti has called the suggestion that Cohen acted without Trump’s knowledge “laughable.”
Daniels is suing the president and Cohen, seeking to void the nondisclosure agreement because it was never signed by the president. Cohen has said he intends to recoup damages from Daniels over her public discussion of the alleged affair, a figure he said could climb as high as $20 million. An attorney for Cohen told ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Monday that Cohen “will not rest until he recovers every single penny of damages, and it could be $20 million.”
David Schwartz, Cohen’s attorney, said there is “lying is all over” the “60 Minutes” interview, raising questions as to why Daniels had previously denied the affair — Daniels said she felt intimidated by Trump’s legal team — and why she went to an exercise class immediately after being threatened in the Las Vegas parking lot instead of going to the police. Schwartz called Trump a “third-party beneficiary” of the nondisclosure agreement and accused Avenatti of attempting to try Daniels’s case in the court of public opinion.
“She’s in it for the money,” Schwartz said.
In Sunday’s “60 Minutes” interview, Avenatti called Cohen’s $20 million threat “thuggish.” Monday, he said he and Daniels were “only getting started,” suggesting that he may be in possession of digital evidence that would prove the affair.
“Mr. Cohen wants the American people to believe that this is all false and he just paid the $130,000 even though there was no basis to the allegation,” Avenatti said. “Well if that’s true, Gayle, every viewer right now should call Michael Cohen’s office here in New York City, claim they had an affair with the President and according to Mr. Cohen, he’s going to send you $130,000 immediately… It’s laughable. It’s a joke.”