Michael Avenatti Doesn’t Rule Out ‘Representing Michael Cohen’ in the Future
On Friday, Stormy Daniels‘ lawyer Michael Avenatti said he will not rule out representing adversary and former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen, admitting such a move would send a huge message to President Donald Trump.
“Cohen retaining [Lanny] Davis also shows he’s looking for tough lawyers who’s willing to take on Trump. You are probably known as the number one person in that category. Would you ever consider representing Michael Cohen in any way?” MSNBC’s Ari Melber asked, before asking if he had ever discussed it with Cohen.
Avenatti replied: “Well, I’m not going to get into discussing what I may or may not have discussed with Michael Cohen and I’m not going to speculate, I’m not going to say ‘no’ as it relates to potentially representing Michael Cohen.”
Avenatti then probed if he was willing to rule it out.
“If he was prepared to do the right thing and come clean and basically turn state’s evidence, I would absolutely consider it in an effort to disclose information and bring the truth to the American people,” Avenatti replied.
Melber then asked if Cohen was aware of this possibility.
Avenatti did not give a clear answer, but after a bit of back-and-forth said this:
“You can draw your own conclusions, here’s what I’m going to say, Ari, I recently had occasion in the last few days by sheer happenstance to run into Michael Cohen at a restaurant that I’ve been going to for 15 years in New York. And by sheer happenstance, we happened to be seated about six feet apart from one another. And during that run-in, Michael Cohen and I actually had a chance to converse. And we had a very — what I’ll describe as a very positive meeting. And I came away from that meeting, I came away from that meeting very encouraged by ultimately how all of this may work out. We’re going to see what happens in the coming days.”
He then admitted it would send a huge message to Trump.
“Oh, I think it would send quite the message and I think it would advance the cause of the American people as it relates to finding the truth. 100%,” Avenatti said. “And that’s why I’m not going to rule it out.”
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