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After much speculation over who would show up at Michael Cohen‘s New York City hearing this week, Michael Avenatti said his client, porn actress Stormy Daniels, would indeed make an appearance.
He confirmed her attendance on CNN’s State of the Union, speaking with Jake Tapper.
“I can announce that we got comfortable with the security plan last night for my client,” Avenatti said. “She’s going to attend at 2 o’clock on Monday. I think Monday afternoon could prove to be very interesting.”
Asked by Tapper whether that was a strategy to provoke Cohen, Avenatti said that wasn’t the case.
“It’s intended to send the message that this is a very, very serious matter for her, and she wants to make sure that the American people know that she’s behind efforts to bring to light as much information and documents as possible,” he said. “She also wants to ensure that she is heard and that she’s represented at the hearing. It has nothing to do with getting in his head at all.”
Court documents show that for months, Cohen, who is President Donald Trump‘s lawyer, has been under criminal investigation; however, the exact reasons remain unclear. Last week, he filed a motion to prevent materials seized in an FBI raid of his office and home from being used, citing attorney-client privilege. It was for the investigation that the U.S. attorney in New York argued they were seized.
Questions remain over Cohen’s role in a payoff made to Daniels, who claims to have been given $130,000 for her silence on her affair with the president. Daniels said she and her daughter had their safety threatened when the actress attempted going public with the story in 2011.
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