Stormy Daniels's Lawyer Michael Avenatti Says Donald Trump Has 'Finally Cracked' Over Payout

During a Thursday interview with MSNBC, Stormy Daniels's attorney Michael Avenatti said that he believes President Donald Trump "finally cracked." His remarks came after the president claimed he knew nothing about the hush money given to adult film star Stormy Daniels by Michael Cohen, a Trump Organization lawyer.

"[Trump] has actively thrown Michael Cohen under the bus, by making these statements on Air Force One," Avenatti said. "But this is an undisciplined guy. He finally cracked. We knew he would crack eventually. We have been patient."

Avenatti continued his press tour throughout Thursday's evening news shows. In another segment with MSNBC's Ari Melber, he described the remark as a "gift."

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"This is a gift from the heavens,” he said. “I could think of few things that would be better for our case than the statements that the president made on Air Force One.”

He was referring to Trump's statements on Thursday, which broke the president's months-long public silence regarding the payoff and non-disclosure agreement his lawyer paid Daniels to sign.

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The hush contract had been made in October 2016, a month prior to the general election, and forbid the adult film star from talking about an alleged affair she had with Trump in 2006. Daniels, Cohen and Trump are now locked in a bitter legal dispute over the non-disclosure agreement, which the film star is seeking to lift.

Trump has been uncharacteristically tight-lipped about the scandal since it emerged in January. On Air Force One, he declined to elaborate on the matter, simply offering a terse "no" when asked if he knew about it. He then told reporters that additional questions should be directed to Cohen.


Stormy Daniels, whose legal name is Stephanie Clifford, alleges she had an affair with President Donald Trump in 2006. Ethan Miller/Getty Images

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"You'll have to ask Michael Cohen," Trump said, visibly frustrated. "Michael is my attorney. You'll have to ask Michael."

Perhaps surprisingly, Trump's alleged affair hasn't damaged his approval ratings with his key blocs of supporters. As Newsweek previously reported, men even report liking him more. And, despite any moral quandaries posed by a Trump presidency, evangelicals continue to overwhelmingly back the thrice-married business mogul, with 80 percent of respondents telling the Pew Research Center that they approved of his tenure in office.

The group most dismayed at the Daniels revelations appears to be women. According to a recent Harvard CAPS/Harris poll, his support from the demographic fell from 41 percent to 35 percent. During the 2016 election, about 54 percent of women voted for his opponent.

This article was first written by Newsweek

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