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Michael Avenatti says unseen evidence in hush money case will favor Trump

Michael Avenatti, the attorney representing adult film star Stormy Daniels — whose real name is Stephanie Clifford — said earlier this month that as-yet-undiscovered evidence in the hush money case involving his former client in Manhattan will favor Donald Trump.

There are many important facts and evidence (texts, emails etc.) related to the Secret Money Scam that have not yet come to light. And unfortunately they will be very damaging to prosecutors if Trump does stand trial. At this point, you simply cannot build a case on the testimony of Cohen and Daniels,” Aventa tweeted on March 16, before the case unfolded with major twists and turns.

In February 2020, Avanti was indicted in New York for stealing book advance money from Daniels. In December 2022, he was sentenced to 14 years in prison and fined $11 million after pleading guilty to stealing millions from customers. In addition, he is also serving time on an extortion attempt from clothing giant Nike.

Following his tweet, there were reports that Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg planned to indict the former president for allegedly violating state campaign finance laws. Those reports indicated that Bragg believed that Trump paid Daniels $130,000 prior to the 2016 election so that the two could have an affair in 2006. In-kind campaign contributions, which are illegal in New York.

The payment was reportedly made by Michael Cohen, who was Trump’s personal attorney at the time.

A former legal adviser to Cohen, Robert Costello, referred to him as a “convicted criminal” during testimony before a Manhattan grand jury hearing the case last week, further suggesting that Cohen could testify about Trump to the grand jury on Monday. Past testimony is unreliable.

Costello told reporters Thursday that he wanted to provide the truth to grand jurors and counter the lies propagated by the media. He said that if there was solid evidence to follow Trump, there was no problem — but he suggested that Cohen was not necessarily a credible witness, echoing previous tweets of decrimination.

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“If you look at the whole picture, you know, listen, if they want to go after Donald Trump and they have solid evidence, so be it. But Michael Cohn is far from solid evidence”, Costello told NewsNation. told.

“This guy, by any prosecutor’s standard, and I used to be deputy chief of the Criminal Division in the Southern District of New York, I wouldn’t touch a guy like Michael Cohen, especially if he’s a convicted liar”, he continued. “Not to mention, as I said, 50 to 100 lies [Cohen] told us those 330 are in the email”.

Cohen pleaded guilty in 2018 to various crimes, including violating campaign finance laws by paying $130,000 to Daniels. Cohen, who served more than a year in prison after his conviction, also claims he made the payments at Trump’s behest, according to reports.

Meanwhile, Daniels met Wednesday with Manhattan prosecutors who are leading the investigation.

In the 2018 letter, shared by Trump on his TruthSocial account on Thursday, Daniels denied any relationship ever existed between the two.

“Over the past few weeks, I have been asked countless times to comment on the news of my alleged sexual relationship with Donald Trump,” Daniels said.

“The truth of the matter is that each party in this alleged case has denied its existence in 2006, 2011, 2016, 2017 and now again in 2018. I am not denying this case because I don’t want to be accused of ‘quiet money’. The payment was made as stated in the report. Foreign owned tabloid. I am denying the affair as it never happened.’

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“I will have no further comment on the matter”, she concluded.

By the end of the week, reports of an impending impeachment of Trump had never materialized.

A report in The Wall Street Journal details “chaos and last-minute shuffling within the Manhattan District Attorney’s office”, adding that Bragg is “scrambled” to impeach Trump. The grand jury members hearing the Trump case met on Thursday but discussed “another unrelated matter” to Trump.

The Journal’s Corinne Remy wrote, “It is common for grand juries in New York to hear several cases at a time.” “Grand jury schedules can be unpredictable as panels juggle cases with competing demands and deadlines,” the former prosecutors said.

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