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Michael Avenatti: Trump Made ‘Damaging Admission'

Newsweek logo Newsweek 4/26/2018 Jessica Kwong
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Stormy Daniels’s attorney Michael Avenatti said President Donald Trump made a “hugely damaging admission” in a phone call to his favorite show Fox & Friends Thursday when saying for the first time that his personal lawyer Michael Cohen represented him in the Stormy Daniels "deal."

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Avenatti made the statement on MSNBC’s Morning Joe after the show played a clip from Trump’s call in which he said Cohen—who is under a federal investigation for deals including a payout to Daniels to cover up an alleged affair with Trump—represented him in “a tiny, tiny, little fraction” of his overall legal work.

“Michael would represent me, and represent me on some things. He represents me, like with this crazy Stormy Daniels deal, he represented me,” Trump said. “And you know from what I see, he did absolutely nothing wrong.”

Avenatti called Trump’s admission “another gift from the heavens in this case.”

Michael Avenatti, attorney for Stormy Daniels, speaks to reporters as he exits the United States District Court Southern District of New York for a hearing related to Michael Cohen, President Trump's longtime personal attorney and confidante, April 16, 2018 in New York City.: 04_26_18_AvenattiTrump © Drew Angerer/Getty Images 04_26_18_AvenattiTrump “They keep coming, I don’t know, I don’t know how I’ve fallen into such good luck in this case but I’m going to take it," he continued. "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, he didn’t know anything about the payment, Michael Cohen went off did this on lark and Mr. Trump knew nothing about it.”

Daniels’s lawyer concluded, “We now find out that that’s bogus.”

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