Avenatti Blasts Dershowitz, Claims He Knows of More Cohen Tapes: My Accuracy a Lot Better Than Yours
Claiming he is sure there are additional tapes from President Donald Trump‘s longtime attorney, Michael Cohen, Michael Avenatti brushed off Alan Dershowitz‘s questioning of how he knew, bashing his track record as a pundit instead.
“You’re not in a position where you could possibly know that properly,” Dershowitz told Avenatti during an appearance on ABC’s This Week. “How do you know there are other tapes involving the president of the United States? Are you privy to what was seized from the office?”
“I’m not going to answer your question because I don’t have to answer your question,” Avenatti shot back at the Harvard lawyer. “But suffice it to say, Alan, that my accuracy rate over the last six months has been a heck of a lot better than yours as it relates to this matter.”
Last Friday it was revealed that Cohen, who served as Trump’s fixer, recorded conversations the two had about payments to Karen McDougal, the former Playboy model with whom the president had a $150,000 non-disclosure agreement on their alleged affair.
Mediaite founder and ABC legal analyst Dan Abrams weighed in on the matter, speculating that Avenatti, the attorney for porn star Stormy Daniels, might have known about the tapes before Cohen became the target of an FBI probe.
“I would think that he could have had access to the information before even this investigation into Cohen began,” Abrams said. “I don’t know the answer to that–that’s just my guess. It hasn’t always been a criminal investigation, and apparently this has been happening, according to Michael Avenatti, for years.”
While Avenatti maintained the tapes would “prove to be a big problem for the president,” he didn’t offer too many hints as to how he became aware of their alleged existence, other than to note there are legal ways for him to have found out.
“All of the information that the FBI seized, that’s not under lock and key,” he said. “The only way that it would be improper for me to have it is if I got it from the FBI or somebody in law enforcement. There’s a host of other ways I could have obtained that information. I could have receive it from Michael Cohen, I could have received it from one of his counsel, I could have received it from others. If I’m wrong about it, let somebody come forward and state that I’m wrong.”
Near the end of the interview, Avenatti added he recently met Cohen in a New York City restaurant to talk, and he thinks “Cohen is going to assist us in our search for the truth and disclosure of what happened here.”
Watch the clip above via ABC News.
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