The lawyer for adult film star Stormy Daniels said that he was considering adding to the lawsuit against President Trump over a tweet that the president posted on his social media account Wednesday.
Here’s the contentious Trump tweet
A sketch years later about a nonexistent man. A total con job, playing the Fake News Media for Fools (but they know it)! https://t.co/9Is7mHBFda
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 18, 2018
“A sketch years later about a nonexistent man,” the president tweeted. “A total con job, playing the Fake News Media for Fools (but they know it)!”
The president was tweeting about an artist’s depiction of the man described by Daniels as allegedly threatening her and her child in 2011 over her relationship with Trump.
The composite sketch was mocked online by many who compared it to celebrities and even Daniels’ ex-husband. The president added one such comparison to his tweet mocking the sketch as a fraud, and accusing the media of being complicit in spreading a false claim.
— DeplorablyScottish (@ShennaFoxMusic) April 18, 2018
Here’s what Daniels’ lawyer responded
Michael Avenatti, the lawyer for Daniels, said on CNN that he was considering adding a defamation claim on their lawsuit against the president because of the content of the Trump tweet.
“It’s another gift from the heavens, quite frankly,” Avenatti said. “The president has no business tweeting about me or my client while he’s a party in litigation. Especially when it comes to making misstatements about my client.”
“He’s effectively now told the American people that she’s a liar, that she’s a con, that she has made up this threat, and this sketch, and I’m outraged by it,” he added, “and there’s gonna be some serious serious consequences, for it.”
“We’re likely going to be amending our complaint,” he explained, “we’re looking at that now, to add a defamation claim directly against the president. There’s gonna be consequences that flow from that if we decide to do it.”
Here’s video of Avenatti on CNN:
Stormy Daniels’ attorney says they’re likely adding a defamation claim against President Trump after he tweeted about the composite sketch, calling it a “total con job” https://t.co/lo26hvls03 pic.twitter.com/n1pSwxoUab
— The Situation Room (@CNNSitRoom) April 18, 2018