- Stormy Daniels’ lawyer Michael Avenatti said in a statement Thursday that no one is funding their legal battle against President Donald Trump except Daniels herself and donors to a crowdfunding campaign.
- Avenatti added that no political groups or conspiracy theorists were financing the case, and told his critics to “get over it.”
- Avenatti has come under heightened scrutiny after releasing a bombshell report on Trump lawyer Michael Cohen’s financial dealings.
Michael Avenatti, the outspoken attorney representing the porn star Stormy Daniels, irritably addressed reporters and critics on Thursday who have questioned whether the legal battle against President Donald Trump is being secretly financed.
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Avenatti said in a statement that all legal bills are being paid entirely by Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, and a crowdfunding campaign that has so far raised more than $US427,000 from 12,000 donors.
“Once again (for at least for the 20th time) – ALL fees and expenses of this case have either been funded by our client, Ms. Stephanie Clifford, or by donations from our crowdjustice.com page,” he said. “Please re-read that if you are unclear. Read it again if need be. Keep reading it until you get it.”
Avenatti added that no political party, political action committee, or “left wing conspiracy group” is funding the cases.
“Get over it,” Avenatti said.
He accused critics of focusing on the legal bills as a “diversion aimed at distracting from the facts and evidence of our cases,” and said he and Daniels “will not stand for it.”
Avenatti’s legal work has come under heightened scrutiny in recent days, after he released a bombshell report about Trump lawyer Michael Cohen’s financial dealings, which included a $US500,000 payment from a Russian oligarch shortly after the 2016 presidential election.
Since the report was released, Cohen’s attorneys have disputed some of the findings in the report and accused Avenatti of referencing other men named Michael Cohen, who were not related to Trump’s personal lawyer, in several instances.
An op-ed published in The Hill on Thursday had questioned who was financing Daniels’ case and speculated on whether it was “all a paid donor strategy to discredit Trump.”
Some of Avenatti’s critics have also seized on a tweet sent by Daniels last month in which she said she wasn’t paying Avenatti.
“You’ll be dancing until you’re 60 to pay Avenatti attorney fees,” one anonymous user tweeted, to which she replied, “Except I’m not paying him. Haha!”
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