The attorney for porn star Stormy Daniels revealed on Friday that anti-Trump Republicans have offered him hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations in a bid to hurt the commander in chief – offers the lawyer says he has firmly rejected.
“We have turned down over $200,000 from Republican donors looking to harm the President,” Michael Avenatti told the criminal justice website Law & Crime.
His declaration came after The New York Times reported that Avenatti and his law firm sought backing from Democratic donors, an allegation he denies.
“I can’t tell you the name of every person that I have spoken to, or not spoken to, over the last three months, but what I can tell you is that we have not taken any political-associated dollars from anyone on the right or anyone on the left. Period,” Avenatti told the newspaper.
Stormy, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, is suing Trump and his personal attorney Michael Cohen to get out of the $130,000 “hush agreement” Cohen arranged just before the 2016 election to keep her quiet about an alleged tryst with Trump more than a decade ago.
Prosecutors have said they’re probing Cohen’s business interests for possible fraud. In April, the FBI — armed with search warrants based in part on information obtained by Russia special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigators — seized boxes of information from his office, home and hotel room in a raid.
According to Avenatti, the legal fees for Daniel’s case and other expenses are being paid entirely through donations from a crowdfunding website, which has raised over $527,000 from 15,000 donors.
Also on Friday, Avenatti appeared to taunt Trump in an interview with Esquire in which he was asked to comment on why the president, a serial tweeter, hadn’t hurled any missives at him.
“He can’t handle a direct confrontation with me. He knows that I’ll hand him his ass … He chooses targets that he perceives to be weak. Like most bullies,” Avenatti said to Esquire’s Jack Holmes.
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