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Avenatti says Trump made a fatal mistake — and there’s ‘100 percent’ certainty Cohen will spill damaging secrets

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Attorney Michael Avenatti declared on MSNBC that longtime Donald Trump attorney and fixer Michael Cohen is definitely cooperating with federal prosecutors after reports that he has entered into a plea agreement with federal prosecutors.

“I’m not surprised by the news, the only thing I’m surprised about is that it took this long,” Avenatti told MSNBC anchor Steve Kornacki on Tuesday.

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“I think the likelihood — well, I know the likelihood — of him providing information damaging about the president is 100 percent,” he stated.

Avenatti represents adult film star Stormy Daniels in her legal battle against President Trump and Cohen.

“How do you know that the likelihood is 100 percent?” Kornacki asked.

“Because I’ve been active in connection with the case on behalf of my client, I’ve been active in communicating with people in law enforcement, and there’s no question that he’s going to be providing and has provided information that’s damaging to the president,” Avenatti replied.

“Information relating to financial dealings that had gone on between him and the president during the 10 to 12-year time period for which Michael Cohen served as the president’s personal counsel,” he added.

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Avenatti also suggested that President Trump made a politically fatal mistake by not offering Cohen a position in the Trump White House.

“Of all the people that the president should have showed loyalty to — beyond Vladimir Putin — Michael Cohen should have been second on the list,” Avenatti argued. “Some would have argued that he should have been first on the list.”

“You don’t put a guy that has your inner most secrets on an island and treat him the way that Donald Trump has treated Michael Cohen,” he continued. “And ultimately it’s going to come back and bite him.”

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“There is no doubt in my mind, zero doubt in my mind that Michael Cohen is cooperating and is going to further cooperate in connection with information that’s going to be damaging to this president,” he concluded. “There’s no doubt in my mind.”

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Avenatti continued to address the topic on Twitter after he finished his interview:

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