Attorney Michael Avenatti hinted that a Playboy model may have been paid off on behalf of President Donald Trump, and MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski asked a legal analyst to explain what that means.
“Judge (Kimba) Wood ordered Michael Cohen’s attorneys to disclose all of his clients for the last three years,” Avenatti said, “and there were three clients listed — three clients listed …
Mr. Trump, the Trump organization and Sean Hannity. (Republican donor Elliott) Broidy was not disclosed in open court as one of Michael Cohen’s clients.”
“Are we looking at potentially another woman and another payoff?” Brzezinski asked. “One that might be a lot higher? What do you make of Michael Avenatti’s tips that he was putting out on our show?”
Cevallos said he couldn’t be sure what Avenatti meant, saying the attorney was a “master of the tease.”
“He’s had these sketch drawings that we’ve sort of ruminated over, but ultimately it’s hard to say what Michael Avenatti really has in his pocket in terms of additional witnesses or possible people complaining against Trump,” Cevallos said.
“Remember (special counsel Robert) Mueller referred this to the Southern District of New York because of the potential payoff issues to Stormy Daniels,” he said.
“You may remember Michael Avenatti has raised issues of extortion with these contracts, that these women were forced to enter into these agreements on pain of threat, so the potential criminal charges, we could guess at them all day but there definitely is a large spectrum of potential criminal liability which, by the way, in the Cohen matter, must have been demonstrated to a neutral magistrate in order to get that search warrant in the first place.”