Attorney Michael Avenatti revealed that two more women claim they signed hush money agreements with President Donald Trump’s longtime attorney — and for much more money than the $130,000 paid to porn actress Stormy Daniels.
The attorney said he’s confident the women’s claims are solid, although they’re not yet his clients and he’s not certain they’ll agree to come forward publicly as Daniels has.
“They’re not fully vetted, but there are at least two I think are on solid ground,” Avenatti told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “I think that as the evidence rolls out over the coming months disclosures are going to be made that my client was not alone as relates to these payments.”
He told co-host Mika Brzezinski that these two women were paid more than Daniels to keep quiet about their extramarital affairs with Trump, but he declined to say whether they were paid more than $1 million.
Avenatti said he had not included in that pair a woman paid $1.6 million through Republican donor Elliott Broidy to cover up an abortion, and he said that additional women had made similar claims that he had not yet finished investigating.
“It is a process of vetting,” Avenatti said. “We want to be careful about what we state.”
Avenatti declined to say whether the payments had been made just before the 2016 election, as the payment to Daniels had been, or whether they had been properly reported — but he said they would also be problematic for the president.
“They may create additional exposure,” he said. “They may prove to be problematic.”
The payments could represent violations of laws against both bank fraud and tax fraud, the attorney said, if they weren’t properly reported.
“I mean, if in fact the president deducted these payments to Michael Cohen as a legal expense — meaning expense or legal services, which appears to be what Mr. Giuliani suggested as relates to how Michael Cohen was reimbursed — that would be a problem,” Avenatti said. “Because it would not be a legal expenditure if it was a pass-through in order to reimburse him for the Stormy Daniels payment.”
Sailing among the stars: Here’s how photons could revolutionize space flight
A few days from now, a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket will lift off from Florida, carrying a satellite the size of a loaf of bread with nothing to power it but a huge polyester "solar sail."
It's been the stuff of scientists' dreams for decades but has only very recently become a reality.
The idea might sounds crazy: propelling a craft through the vacuum of space with no engine, no fuel, and no solar panels, but instead harnessing the momentum of packets of light energy known as photons -- in this case from our Sun.
The spacecraft to be launched on Monday, called LightSail 2, was developed by the Planetary Society, a US organization that promotes space exploration which was co-founded by the legendary astronomer Carl Sagan in 1980.
Russians to prod Putin on poverty and his personal life as his ratings tank
Russians are set to ask President Vladimir Putin about growing poverty at home and tensions abroad during an annual televised phone-in Thursday, which comes following a fall in his approval ratings.
The leader is also likely to face a degree of grilling on his personal life, according to questions submitted by the public online ahead of the live show.
Set to be held for the 17th time since Putin came to power in 1999, the show starts at 0900 GMT and usually lasts several hours.
Ahead of the carefully choreographed show, more than one million questions had been submitted, organisers told Russian news agencies.
Trump could turn on Hope Hicks just like Michael Cohen: Trump family biographer warns
Trump family biographer Emily Jane Fox explained that she didn't think that the president would turn on long-time aide Hope Hicks, but then again, it was the same thought about Michael Cohen as well.
In a panel discussion about Hicks' testimony during MSNBC's Brian Williams' Wednesday show, Fox recalled that Micahel Cohen once said that he would take a bullet for the president. Once it appeared that Trump would throw him under the bus, Cohen began looking for a way out.
The same scenario seems to be happening with Hicks now.
"She works at new Fox, which is a company run by a Murdoch son," Fox said. "It's a company that's brand new. She's the head of communications there. And there are shareholders who would take issue with the fact that a senior member of this company is being put in this situation and being thrust on the world stage."