Avenatti expects more hush payments to be revealed

Avenatti expects more hush payments to be revealed
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Adult-film star Stormy Daniels's attorney, Michael Avenatti, said Sunday that he believes evidence will be revealed proving Michael Cohen paid other women to cover up alleged affairs with President TrumpDonald TrumpRealClearPolitics reporter says Freedom Caucus shows how much GOP changed under Trump Jake Ellzey defeats Trump-backed candidate in Texas House runoff DOJ declines to back Mo Brooks's defense against Swalwell's Capitol riot lawsuit MORE.

"Women have come forward and contacted our office, George, as I’ve stated in the past. And we haven’t completed vetting those stories but I think at the end of the day, there’s going to be evidence of such payments," Avenatti told George Stephanopoulos on ABC's "This Week."

Cohen, Trump's longtime personal attorney, paid Daniels $130,000 in October 2016 as part of a nondisclosure agreement that covered Daniels's alleged affair with Trump.


The president previously denied knowing about the payment, but Rudy Giuliani revealed last week that Trump reimbursed Cohen. Giuliani, who recently joined Trump's legal team, told Fox News that Trump was generally aware of the arrangement, and that Cohen would "take care of things like this."

On Sunday, Giuliani said Cohen would have paid other women as well "if it was necessary," though the former New York City mayor said he has no knowledge of such arrangements.

Avenatti later pointed to Giuliani's comments and argued that they meant such payments on Trump's behalf were "commonplace."

"The president had effectively an extramarital affair slush fund that was administered by Michael Cohen, and that he would just be expected to take care of these things," Avenatti said.

"I mean, that in and of itself should be very disturbing," he continued. "Most people of means, most people of wealth and celebrity, they don’t have extramarital affair slush funds and the suggestion is insulting."

Daniels, whose legal name is Stephanie Clifford, is suing Trump and Cohen to be released from her nondisclosure agreement. She claims the agreement is void because Trump never signed it.

In addition, she has filed lawsuits against both men for defamation.

Trump has denied the affair ever happened, and the White House has disputed claims that the payment could qualify as a campaign finance law violation.

FBI agents raided Cohen's apartment last month and reportedly took documents related to his payment to Daniels and one other woman, among other materials. Cohen is reportedly under investigation for bank fraud and campaign finance law violations.