Avenatti: I would represent Michael Cohen if he ‘was prepared to do the right thing’
Michael Avenatti, the attorney representing an adult-film star in her lawsuit against President Trump and his former longtime lawyer Michael Cohen said Friday that he would be open to representing Cohen in the future against the president.
In an interview with MSNBC’s “The Beat with Ari Melber,” Avenatti said that he had spoken with Cohen recently, calling it a “very positive meeting” but declining to go into specifics about whether the two spoke about representation.
“If he was prepared to do the right thing, come clean, and basically turn state’s evidence, I would absolutely consider it,” Avenatti said. “Michael Cohen and I actually had the chance to converse.”
“I think it would send quite the message” to Trump, Avenatti added, saying that he was “encouraged” of the likelihood of success in his case during the meeting with Cohen.
Breaking: @MichaelAvenatti says if Michael Cohen “was prepared to do the right thing”, I would “absolutely consider” representing him.
“Michael Cohen and I had a chance to converse” we had “a very positive meeting” pic.twitter.com/AGA0MTvgmq
— TheBeat w/Ari Melber (@TheBeatWithAri) July 20, 2018
It’s unclear whether Avenatti would be legally able to represent Cohen in a case against Trump, as the former longtime Trump attorney is named alongside the president in adult-film star Stormy Daniels’s defamation lawsuit.
Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, is represented by Avenatti in the case. She claims that Trump and Cohen damaged her reputation by denying an alleged affair from 2006 that Daniels says she had with Trump.
Cohen was revealed earlier this year to have been involved in a $130,000 payment to Daniels, which Trump reimbursed. The payment was part of a nondisclosure agreement to keep Daniels quiet about the alleged affair before the 2016 election.
Avenatti has emerged as a top critic of the president and his lawyers in recent months, frequently appearing on cable news to taunt Trump and his allies.
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