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Stormy Daniels, Michael Avenatti take victory lap over Cohen plea

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Stormy Daniels and Michael Avenatti
Stormy Daniels and Michael
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  • President Donald Trump’s longtime lawyer Michael Cohen
    pleaded guilty to eight federal crimes on Tuesday.
  • The investigation into Cohen focused on a $130,000
    payment the lawyer facilitated to Stormy Daniels to keep her
    quiet about her allegation of a 2006 affair with
    Trump.
  • Trump has denied the allegation, and Daniels is suing
    Cohen and Trump to void the non-disclosure agreement.
  • Shortly after Cohen’s guilty pleas, Daniels and her
    lawyer Michael Avenatti said they were “vindicated.”
  • Daniel added that and Avenatti “look
    f

    orward to the apologies from the people
    who claimed we were wrong.”

Stormy Daniels, the porn star at the center of President Donald
Trump’s longtime lawyer Michael Cohen’s criminal
investigation, and her lawyer Michael Avenatti said they
were “vindicated” by Cohen’s guilty pleas on Tuesday.

Cohen on Tuesday
pleaded guilty to eight federal crimes
, and said he made
illegal campaign and corporate contributions “at the
direction of the candidate” and with the “purpose of influencing
the election.”

Though the case didn’t mention Daniels by name, Cohen pleaded
guilty to making illegal contributions to the Trump campaign on
the same day he facilitated a $130,000 payment to the porn star.
Federal law prohibits individuals from donating more than $3,500
to presidential campaigns.

Cohen’s payment to Daniels was part of a non-disclosure agreement
over Daniels’ allegation of a 2006 affair with Trump. The
president has repeatedly denied the allegation of the
affair, and Daniels is currently suing Cohen and Trump to void
the non-disclosure deal.

Shortly after Cohen entered his guilty pleas on Tuesday, Daniels
appeared to celebrate the news by
tweeting
: “How ya like me now?! #teamstormy.”

“And thank you Michael Avenatti,” she added in
an ensuing tweet
, addressing her lawyer.

She also
told NBC News in a statement
: “Michael [Avenatti] and I are
vindicated and we look forward to the apologies from the people
who claimed we were wrong.”


Stormy Daniels
Stormy Daniels.
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Miller/Getty Images


Avenatti also spoke of his vindication to various news networks
on Tuesday.

He told MSNBC on Tuesday:

“She has been vindicated this afternoon. I have been vindicated
based on what we’ve gone through over these past five or six
months, what she’s gone through. I applaud her courageousness and
her fortitude in coming forward. I think a lot of this stems from
her courage and what she was willing to come forward and do.

“The $130,000 payment — count eight [of Cohen’s charges] —
absolutely, directly relates to her. That’s the payment that was
made to her. It relates to the President of the United States,
Donald Trump, and we’re going to get to the bottom now in
connection with the civil case as to what the president knew, and
what he knew about it, and when he knew it, and what he did about
it.

“The likelihood of me getting a deposition of the President of
the United States under oath just went through the roof — no
question about it.

“Our case is no longer going to be stayed and we’re going to
press forward as aggressively as possible.”

He added that Cohen’s guilty plea now posed a “significant
problem” for Trump, who now “has a lot of explaining to do.”

A new court filing also said that the
Trump Organization approved $420,000 in reimbursements
to
Cohen in relation to his hush-money payments before the election.

Avenatti also
told CNN on Tuesday
: “I think the biggest problem for Donald
Trump is that he lost control. He has lost control over
Manafort,” referring to Paul Manafort, the Trump campaign manager
who was
convicted of eight counts related to financial fraud
on
Tuesday.

“He’s lost control over Cohen. These two individuals now are
going to be looking to cut their own criminal sentences,” he
added.

Here’s a clip of Avenatti’s MSNBC appearance:

Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s current personal lawyer, said according to
NBC News: “There is no allegation of any wrongdoing against
the president in the government’s charges against Mr. Cohen. It
is clear that, as the prosecutor noted, Mr. Cohen’s actions
reflect a pattern of lies and dishonesty over a significant
period of time.”

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