US TV host accuses Stormy Daniels' attorney of 'playing games' over evidence of Trump affair

Screenshot/NBC NewsThe ‘Today’ host Savannah Guthrie and the attorney Michael Avenatti.
  • The “Today” show host Savannah Guthrie grilled Michael Avenatti, the attorney representing the porn star Stormy Daniels in her lawsuit against President Donald Trump, during a Monday-morning interview.
  • Guthrie suggested Avenatti was “playing games” by claiming the porn star had documentary evidence of an affair with Trump but refusing to release it.
  • “We’re not going to play our hand right now, and the reason is because we have a case to win,” Avenatti said.

The “Today” show host Savannah Guthrie grilled Michael Avenatti, the attorney representing the porn star Stormy Daniels in her lawsuit against the president, during a Monday-morning interview on the NBC show.

Guthrie asked Avenatti why he and Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, had refused to release what they’re calling documentary evidence supporting Clifford’s story that she was threatened and paid to keep quiet about a sexual relationship she says she had with President Donald Trump in 2006.

“We’re not going to play our hand right now, and the reason is because we have a case to win,” Avenatti said, adding that Clifford had more information and evidence to share.

But Guthrie pressed him, suggesting he was “playing games” by teasing the existence of evidence but not releasing it.

“Wait a minute, Michael, you tweeted a picture of a DVD or CD suggesting that there was going to be more evidence … and now you’re being coy and not saying it – seems like you’re playing games,” Guthrie said, referring to a photo Avenatti tweeted of an unidentified disc alongside the message, “If ‘a picture is worth a thousand words,’ how many words is this worth?????”

Avenatti denied that he was playing games and insisted it would simply be unwise for him or his client to reveal the evidence they had while the case was in its early stages.

“I’m not playing games, there will be more evidence – it’s just not gonna happen right now,” he said. “Everyone wants immediate gratification. It’s not gonna happen right now.”

Watch the full interview here:

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