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Stormy Daniels attorney: Trump comments on Cohen ‘hugely damaging’
Michael Avenatti, the attorney representing Stormy Daniels, on Thursday said it was "hugely damaging" for President Trump to acknowledge Michael Cohen represented him in Daniels's case against the president.
Avenatti is representing Daniels in her lawsuit claiming Trump and Cohen violated a nondisclosure agreement related to the adult-film star's alleged affair with the president.
In an interview Tuesday morning on "Fox & Friends," was Trump asked about Cohen's decision to refuse to testify in Daniels's lawsuit, which also accuses Cohen of defamation.
Trump claimed he's not involved in the matter, and that Cohen handles "a tiny fraction of my overall legal work."
"He represents me with this crazy Stormy Daniels deal. From what I see, he did absolutely nothing wrong," Trump said.
Trump previously said he had no knowledge of a $130,000 payment Cohen made to Daniels as part of the agreement.
Avenatti said on MNSBC's "Morning Joe" that the president's statement is a "gift from the heavens," adding that he wanted to "send a shout out to Fox & Friends."
"That's a hugely damaging admission by the president, because according to what he said on Air Force One a few weeks ago, he didn't know anything about the agreement," Avenatti said.
"He's now just admitted, and he tripped himself up, he's just admitted that in fact Michael Cohen's represented him in connection with the Stormy Daniels situation," he added.
Avenatti also tweeted about Trump's interview, saying that the revelations were, "Very informative."
Cohen is reportedly under investigation for bank fraud and campaign finance law violations.
FBI agents raided his office, hotel room and home earlier this month and reportedly seized documents related to his payment of Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, and one other woman who claimed she had an affair with Trump, among other materials.