Stormy Daniels' Attorney: To Think This Case Is Politically Motivated Is 'Laughable'
The attorney for adult film star Stormy Daniels said Tuesday that it’s “laughable” for the public to question the timing of his client’s case regarding a non-disclosure agreement she says President Donald Trump never signed.
According to Michael Avenatti’s website, he worked at a media firm run by Democratic Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and that while there he “worked on over 150 campaigns in 42 states, including multiple gubernatorial and congressional campaigns (i.e. Joe Biden’s U.S. Senate Campaign).”
Avenatti claims his client was physically threatened to stay silent about her alleged affair with Trump in 2006.
“I haven’t spoken to Rahm Emanuel since January 2nd or 3rd of 2007,” Avenatti said on “Fox News at Night.” He said he has not communicated with former Vice President Joe Biden “or anyone else on the left” as well.
Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, is suing Trump because she believes the non-disclosure agreement is not valid. She claims that while she and Trump’s longtime attorney Michael Cohen signed it, the president never did.
Trump has long denied claims of any relationship with Daniels.
“This deal will never be upheld in a court of law. There was never any deal,” Avenatti said.
Daniels received a $130,000 payment from Cohen in 2016 in exchange for a nullification of the non-disclosure agreement and the freedom to speak about the tryst, a payment she had offered to return.
Avenatti said, among other considerations, his client did not receive an agreement by Trump to stay away from and not contact her and her family.
“[Daniels] received the money but she didn’t get the rest of the consideration. It’s like buying a four-bedroom house but you only get one bedroom,” Avenatti said.
He said Daniels will elaborate on the physical threats in a "60 Minutes" interview on Sunday.
On Tuesday, reports emerged of a 2011 polygraph test that found Daniels was truthful about having unprotected sex with Trump in July 2006.