After making the claim that his client Stormy Daniels had been physically threatened, her lawyer Michael Avenatti said Monday that he had evidence that President Trump was aware of the threat.
Here’s video of the allegation on MSNBC:
— TheBeat w/Ari Melber (@TheBeatWithAri) March 19, 2018
Here’s what he said
“You talk about in here Mr. Trump aware of these tactics at all times,” Melber asked Avenatti on his show Monday, “Mr. Trump has been fully aware, you allege. Does that mean you have evidence or reason to believe he was aware of the threat against Ms. Daniels?”
“Yes,” Avenatti answered simply.
Avenatti went on to explain that he had not made public all the evidence that they had gathered in order to prove their case against the president.
“You alleged that there was a physical threat made against your client, Stormy Daniels,” Melber asked, “why didn’t you include that in your legal filings thus far?”
“Ari, I didn’t allege that, I state it as a fact,” Avenatti replied forcefully. “And I’m going to state it again today as a fact. It is not an allegation.”
“Ari you know as a good lawyer yourself, that good lawyers don’t play their entire hand on the first go around,” he continued. “We have a lot of information, a lot of evidence, a lot of documents that haven’t come to light yet. Numerous pieces of evidence, numerous facts.”
“And we’re not gonna show our hand in the beginning weeks of any case,” he concluded. “No good lawyer would do that, and we’re certainly not going to do it here.”
Daniels, through Avenatti, had offered the president back the $130,000 payment she received from Trump’s lawyer before the election, but they did not accept the offer. Avenatti argues that the non-disclosure agreement was broken in numerous ways, and that his client is free to speak about their alleged affair.