- The former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, now President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, told Bloomberg he doubted the veracity of a new report that detailed some questionable financial dealings of Michael Cohen, Trump’s longtime lawyer.
- The report said Cohen received a $US500,000 payment from a Russian oligarch after the 2016 US presidential election.
- Michael Avenatti, the attorney representing the adult-film actress Stormy Daniels, compiled the report.
- Giuliani took a jab at Avenatti’s credibility, calling him “a pretty unsuccessful lawyer.”
The former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, now President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, says he doubts the veracity of a new report questioning the financial dealings of Michael Cohen, Trump’s longtime lawyer.
Michael Avenatti, the attorney representing the adult-film actress Stormy Daniels, released the report on Tuesday. It said Cohen received about $US500,000 from a company with ties to Viktor Vekselberg, a Russian oligarch close to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Avenatti says the money “may have reimbursed” Cohen’s $US130,000 hush-money payment in October 2016 to Daniels, who says she had an affair with Trump in 2006.
“I have no idea how he would know that,” Giuliani told Bloomberg. “I have no reason to believe that anything he says is true.”
Giuliani also took a jab at Avenatti’s credibility.
“I consider him now sort of a guy who books for ‘Saturday Night Live,'” Giuliani said. “The guy is a pretty unsuccessful lawyer – can’t remember a case he’s ever had that meant anything – and I think he’s desperate for money.”
Avenatti fired back at Giuliani on Twitter, saying his team was “just getting started.”
“Mr. Giuliani – you just called me a ‘pretty unsuccessful lawyer’ and stated that you ‘can’t remember a case he’s ever had that meant anything,'” Avenatti said, adding: “1st, you obviously can’t remember much. 2nd, check my bio and you will find over a BILLION worth of verdicts and settlements. #dumb.”
Earlier Tuesday, Avenatti suggested a public debate with Giuliani over Daniels’ defamation lawsuit against Trump.
“I think it would be very helpful for the public to witness a discussion between Mr. Giuliani and me concerning the facts of the case, etc.,” Avenatti tweeted. “I am willing to participate on any network provided both sides are provided a fair shake. I am also willing to do it on 12-hrs notice.”
Giuliani, one of the latest additions to Trump’s restructured legal team, is said to have fallen out of favour with Trump after a stunning media blitz last week. Giuliani’s comments raised questions about Trump’s involvement in Cohen’s payment and appeared to conflict with several past statements about it.
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