Stormy Daniels Lawyer: Cohen Told Court He Would Plead The Fifth

  • Stormy Daniels Lawyer: Cohen Told Court He Would Plead The Fifth

Stormy Daniels Lawyer: Cohen Told Court He Would Plead The Fifth

"What is your understanding of where things stand with Mr. Cohen, your adversary in this legal contest about Stormy Daniels's NDA?" anchor Nicolle Wallace asked Michael Avenatti.

"That's what we have been informed by his counsel", Avenatti said on MSNBC Thursday.

"Secondly, I still can not believe that the president made these statements on Air Force One and effectively put his own personal attorney in the crosshairs by way of those statements", added Avenatti, who claimed the president set Cohen up as "the fall guy" in the whole scandal. "And I'm going to paraphrase some of those quotes, he said only mobsters plead the Fifth and you only plead the Fifth if you're guilty".

Federal agents carrying court-authorized search warrants seized documents from Cohen's office, hotel and home on Monday.

"You'll have to ask Michael Cohen".

Asked aboard Air Force One whether he knew about the payment, Mr Trump responded: "No".

Mr Avenatti said they would oppose private arbitration, arguing it should be heard by the American public. She was paid by Cohen to stay quiet about the affair, as part of a non-disclosure agreement she signed in 2016.

"Even if Cohen believes he's innocent, nothing good can come out of him talking about Stormy Daniels or his role in her agreement while this investigation is taking place", he added.

He said neither the Trump organisation nor the Trump campaign was a party to the transaction with Daniels - and he was not reimbursed for the payment.

Lawyers for Cohen and the adult entertainer, Stormy Daniels, submitted a joint pleading to a federal judge in Los Angeles on Thursday indicating Cohen's plan to seek a stay of the suit, which Daniels filed in a bid to have the alleged agreement declared null and void. If Otero grants the motion to depose, Trump would also face questioning under oath on his knowledge of the agreement with Daniels and subsequent payment by Cohen.

Trump has been outspoken in the past about the character of people who invoke their Fifth Amendment rights.

"If Michael Cohen pleads the Fifth, then we want to turn to the next individual, which would be the president, to provide us information as to what happened here", Avenatti answered.

At a September 2016 campaign rally in Iowa, Trump said "the mob" pleads the Fifth.