In an interview with CNN, attorney to Stormy Daniels, Michael Avenatti, explained why his client had decided to come forward with her story about an alleged sexual affair with Donald Trump so long after the initial event.
He was questioned about why Daniels had taken so long to speak up and if the claims of the opposition about Daniels’ intentions being driven by money were true.
“Well, it hasn’t been about the money and, in fact, had she wanted to sell her story to the highest bidder, she could have obtained far more than $130,000,” he started. “I think once, and if, she’s ever able to tell her story freely, the American people are going to conclude that.”
On the topic of why she hadn’t spoken before, Avenatti stated: “Well, because I think she was respecting the fact that she was going to remain silent. The problem is that Mr. Cohen, a few months ago, decided to start giving interviews and statements about what had transpired and that’s really not appropriate.”
“It’s not appropriate to have one side out there disseminating mistruths, half-truths, and outright false statements,” he stated. “At the same time Ms. Daniels, Ms. Clifford, is unable to speak her side and explain her position.”
“I don’t understand why the president cannot come out and state unequivocally: did he know about the agreement? Did he know about the payment? Did he have anything to do with the payment being made?”
The attorney ended his statement with a sharp remark, “you don’t need 140 characters on Twitter in order to answer those three questions.”
The initial report from The Wall Street Journal noted that Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, had paid Stormy Daniels (who’s given name is Stephanie Clifford) $130,000 in order to keep her quiet about an alleged affair with Trump as the presidential election crept closer and closer.
The Journal had also added that the payment was conducted through a private company owned by Cohen and was done with a representative of Daniels.
Cohen immediately denied the existence of an affair, but three sources had refuted this by corroborating the allegations of the affair.
On January 30th, Cohen managed to produce a letter that was purportedly signed by Daniels which denied the affair and the payment, but later that day, Daniels claimed to have no knowledge of the denial statement.
Just two weeks later, Cohen publicly acknowledged having paid Daniels and said the payment came out of his own pocket. He insisted that he was not reimbursed by Trump.
The Trump administration has denied the allegations, but this is one more story in a series of accusations from women across the nation.
Daniels has begun legal proceedings in order to regain her voice.
The interview with Avenatti can be watched below: