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‘Patently absurd’: Stormy Daniels’ attorney slams Cohen’s ‘ludicrous’ claim he paid her without Trump’s knowledge

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The attorney for adult film star Stormy Daniels blasted President Donald Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen for “ludicrously” claiming he was working without his client’s knowledge when he paid the actress “hush money” and took her to arbitration to silence her about her alleged affair she’d had with the president.

“The suggestion that you would have an experienced educated attorney like Mr. Cohen who would run off half-cocked without any knowledge of his client, that he would negotiate and draft a detailed agreement that included his client as a party, that he would engage in weeks of negotiation, that he would reach agreement, that he would then send $130,000 in connection with that agreement, that he would then later institute an arbitration proceeding without knowledge of his client, all of this to those of us who practice under the law as attorneys — it’s ludicrous,” Daniels’ attorney Michael Avenatti told CNN host Anderson Cooper on Wednesday evening. 

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“We have an ethical obligation to inform our clients at all times of all material facts,” the attorney continued. “It’s one of the basic tenets what we do.”

That concept of Cohen “running off and doing what he thought was best” without consulting Trump is “patently absurd,” Avenatti continued.

Avenatti also claimed Cohen threatened Daniels earlier in the day for her increasingly public case attempting to get out of non-disclosure agreement she has with him, and in late February took out a “secret restraining order” barring her from speaking to the press about her alleged affair with Trump.

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