Michael Avenatti, who has become a renowned attorney for his role in representing adult-film star Stormy Daniels in her legal feud with President Trump, recently condemned the president and his new lawyer, Rudy Giuliani.
He criticized the pair following Giuliani's clarifying statement about the remarks he made during an interview on Fox News.
Avenatti accused the two of “making it up as they go along” after Giuliani released a statement that intended to re-explain his comments about the president's reimbursement of his personal attorney, Michael Cohen, for the infamous $130,000 hush payment made to Daniels.
Since the news about the payment broke, Cohen has insisted that the payment was made as a means to silence false allegations about then-candidate Trump in the days preceding the presidential election.
President Trump and White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders have denied the allegations. Notably, the president denied having any knowledge of the payment when pressed about the topic aboard Air Force One.
Giuliani served Avenatti's cause when he told Fox's Sean Hannity that Trump reimbursed Cohen for the transaction through his retainer fee. This would negate the previous statements made by the president.
“That was money that was paid by his lawyer, the way I would do, out of his law firm funds or whatever funds, it doesn’t matter. The president reimbursed that over a period of several months,” Giuliani said on Wednesday.
President Trump later tried to backpedal on his attorney's remarks during his appearance on Fox News. He stated that Giuliani “started yesterday” and would “get his facts straight.”
On Friday, Giuliani claimed that his “references to timing were not describing my understanding of the president's knowledge, but instead, my understanding of these matters.”
In an interview with NBC News, he added that he did not think the president knew about the payment to Daniels until very recently.
“I don't think the president realized he paid him back for that specific thing until we made him aware of the paperwork,” he said.
Avenatti took to Twitter to speak out about the ridiculous lack of coordination between the president and his own legal team.
“Mr. Giuliani and Mr. Trump are making it up as they go along. Never before has that old adage been more appropriate: “Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive” – W. Scott. How stupid do they think all of us are?” he tweeted.
Mr. Giuliani and Mr. Trump are making it up as they go along. Never before has that old adage been more appropriate: “Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive” – W. Scott. How stupid do they think all of us are? #basta
— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) May 4, 2018
It now seems as if the Trump administration is buckling under pressures from all sides. Mueller's investigation has continued to gain traction and Stormy Daniels has launched a defamation suit against the president. Meanwhile, a pivotal meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is looming.
H/T: The Hill