Stormy Daniels’ Lawyer Requests Treasury Dept. Release ‘Suspicious’ Details Regarding Hush Money


Michael Avenatti, the lawyer representing Stormy Daniels in her legal battle against Donald Trump’s personal attorney, has requested that the Treasury Department release details regarding the “suspicious” activity surrounding the hush money the porn star received from Michael Cohen.

“We believe it is going to undercut the claims of Mr. Cohen relating to the transfer of the money,” said Avenatti while on CNN today, “the flow of the money, and what exactly happened here. But the fact that a SAR was filed in this case is a big deal and it’s an indication that the bank sees a problem here.”

Cohen, who has acted as Trump’s legal representation long before his White House tenure, made the $130,000 payment just before the 2016 election to keep Daniels quiet regarding her alleged 2006 affair with the now-president. However, the payment was hit with a “suspicious activity report” (SAR) by First Republic Bank, which was reportedly submitted to the Treasury Department.

Avenatti’s letter to Secretary of the Treasury Steve Mnuchin, which was obtained by CNN, detailed his argument for the release:

“(W)e request that you publicly release the SAR, along with any and all underlying facts, transactions, and documents in your control upon which the SAR is based. And as Secretary of the Treasury, it is well within your authority to release the requested SAR information to allow the public to learn critical information relating to the payment. Indeed, if the payment was made as innocently as Mr. Cohen has suggested, there should be no objection to the prompt release of the SAR.”

The payment has come under increased scrutiny in recent weeks as many question the campaign finance ethics behind Cohen’s hush money.

As for the non-disclosure agreement Cohen recieved in exchange for the $130,000, Avenatti told CNN that he is “highly confident this agreement is going to be tossed out, for a variety of reasons, including the fact, as we’ve indicated, that Mr. Trump never signed the agreement.”

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