Dershowitz questions Avenatti over ethics of alleged communication with Cohen
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Legal analyst Alan Dershowitz sparred with Michael Avenatti, the attorney representing Stormy Daniels, on CNN Friday over whether and when Avenatti had conversations with Michael Cohen, President TrumpDonald John TrumpSanders apologizes to Biden for supporter's op-ed Jayapal: 'We will end up with another Trump' if the US doesn't elect progressive Democrats: McConnell impeachment trial rules a 'cover up,' 'national disgrace' MORE's former longtime attorney.

In a CNN segment, Dershowitz questioned how Avenatti could speak with Cohen without first consulting Cohen's counsel after reports that Avenatti told Cohen the two men should work together against Trump during a chance dinner encounter last week.

"He did, according to press reports, have a conversation with Mr. Cohen at a restaurant, and that raises some questions, because you know you're not supposed to speak to somebody who's counseled, as a lawyer, and ask him whether you want to get together and hurt Trump," Dershowitz said.

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"I don't know if that occurred, but if it did occur, [I think] Michael has to do some explaining," he added.

Avenatti responded, rebuking Dershowitz for speaking about conversations Avenatti said Dershowitz had no knowledge about.

"Alan, you really need to start talking only about things that you know about as opposed to things you have no knowledge about," Avenatti said. "You have no knowledge of the communications that went on between me and Michael Cohen's representatives ... long before that restaurant meeting."

Cohen's attorneys reportedly also raised ethical concerns about Avenatti’s reported chance meeting in court this week, according to ABC News.

Avenatti pressed on in the CNN debate, referencing Dershowitz's claim that he had been uninvited from dinner parties in Martha's Vineyard over his stance on the special counsel investigation. Dershowitz claimed in an op-ed for The Hill earlier this month that his calls for Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerSchiff: Trump acquittal in Senate trial would not signal a 'failure' Jeffries blasts Trump for attack on Thunberg at impeachment hearing Live coverage: House Judiciary to vote on impeachment after surprise delay MORE's investigation to end had made him an outcast among his liberal friends.

"You just make it up as you go along," Avenatti added. "You need to go back and concentrate on what invites you get at Martha's Vineyard, since that appears to be what you are really good at."

Avenatti previously told MSNBC that he would be interested in representing Cohen against Trump if he were willing, and has reportedly urged Cohen to turn on the president.

"If he was prepared to do the right thing, come clean, and basically turn state's evidence, I would absolutely consider it," Avenatti said last week. "Michael Cohen and I actually had the chance to converse."