Michael Avenatti, the combative lawyer for Stormy Daniels, challenged Sean Hannity to have him appear on his Fox News show to discuss his lawsuit against President Trump.
Here’s what Avenatti said
“We don’t agree on everything but we are both street fighters [Sean Hannity], which means something,” Avenatti tweeted.
We don’t agree on everything but we are both street fighters @seanhannity, which means something. Let’s set a booking so I can come on the show to talk about the case and the issues in the case. No BS. Just a straight up discussion by two men. Thanks for considering it.
— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) April 24, 2018
“Let’s set a booking so I can come on the show to talk about the case and the issues in the case,” he added. “No BS. Just a straight up discussion by two men. Thanks for considering it.”
Appearing later on MSNBC with Nicole Wallace, Avenatti said that he had met Hannity once before.
“Why hasn’t Sean Hannity taken you up on the offer to appear and hash these things out?” Wallace asked.
“I mean I don’t know why,” Avenatti said. “I hope he’s going to invite me on his show.”
“I respect for his degree of intelligence,” he added. “He is incredibly affable, and I found him that way when I met him.”
Wallace addressed Hannity directly, asking him to text her and schedule an appearance with Avennati on his show.
Where does the case currently stand?
Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen was involved in the Stormy Daniels affair, as he admits that he paid her $130,000, but maintains that Trump did not know about the payment made just before the election. Some have speculated that the payment would run afoul of campaign finance laws if it was done for the benefit of the Trump election campaign.
Cohen’s residence and office were raided by the FBI based on a criminal referral from special counsel Robert Mueller. While some have speculated that he might flip against the president to avoid charges, Trump responded angrily to the question of whether he might pardon Cohen if he did. Sean Hannity was also named as one of Cohen’s clients in court, but he denied any professional legal relationship aside from asking for advice on real estate.
Here’s Avenatti talking to Nicole Wallace about his challenge:
Hannity has not responded to the request.