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(62,444 posts)
Tue Mar 19, 2019, 12:54 PM Mar 2019

SDNY Documents Expose Avenatti As Cheap Liar

Stormy Daniels' ex-lawyer Michael Avenatti has made it a regular part of his empty boasting to claim that he and/or his ex-client are responsible for the criminal investigation or prosecution of Michael Cohen.

The documents released by the SDNY in connection with the search warrants executed against Michael Cohen make it crystal clear that, as some have been posting on DU for quite some time, Michael Cohen was under investigation LONG before Avenatti ever met Daniels to take her for the malpractice ride that has resulted in her owing Trump $293k and having her contract and defamation cases dismissed.

Word began leaking out about the NDA in December 2017. In point of fact, the Tahoe romp was known about in 2016 because the model who they invited to come to the hotel room had already spoken to the press. The story didn't catch legs because Daniels would not comment on it at that time, having taken the $130k not to talk about it. Reporters following up on the story in 2017 were quite taken by her reluctance to comment at all, and by January 2018, the WSJ published an article about the payment from Cohen. This led Cohen to threaten Daniels with arbitration in late February, and she met Avenatti at that time and filed her first suit in the first week in March.

Because the search was executed in April 2018, Avenatti realized he could claim that he and/or Daniels had something to do with the Cohen investigation. He could get away with this lie, because federal prosecutors are professionals, unlike grandstanding carnival barkers. He briefly made a nuisance of himself in the SDNY proceedings, until the judge asked him whether he wanted to be a lawyer or a sideshow. He chose sideshow and left.

It was obvious then that the referral to the USAO-SDNY from Mueller didn't just happen within a matter of less than a month, but for the DU Avenatti Fan Club members who STILL don't understand that Avenatti's been lying to them, it is now perfectly clear that not only was Cohen featured in the Steele dossier, but the feds had been executing warrants against his emails, banking records, etc., going back to July 2017:


Federal authorities investigating Russian interference in the presidential election obtained search warrants for emails of Michael D. Cohen, President Trump’s former lawyer and fixer, beginning in July 2017, according to documents released Tuesday that provide a glimpse into the earliest stages of the inquiry into the president.

The documents show that Mr. Cohen’s business dealings had already been the subject of an extensive investigation by the time F.B.I. agents conducted a highly public raid on his home and office nine months later, in April of last year.

They also show how little the public knew about the Russian investigation in real time as prosecutors zeroed in on Mr. Cohen, revealing some of the investigative steps they took to obtain evidence through search warrants in Washington and New York.

John Fry, a career IRS investigator is now going to prison for letting Avenatti talk him into illegally obtaining bank records which the investigators already had.

Sucks to be him.

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(15,337 posts)
2. Anyone still excited about this brave hero running for POTUS?
Tue Mar 19, 2019, 01:27 PM
Mar 2019

Lordy, I hope not. Especially since he was never going to follow through anyway. I understand that people enjoy that Avenatti got under Trump's tremendously thin skin. But so does Alec Baldwin. And Rosie O'Donnell. And Whoopi Goldberg. That doesn't make any of them a good -- or remotely acceptable -- POTUS candidate either.


(33,597 posts)
3. I think Avenatti was very effective at shining a spotlight on Michael Cohen
Tue Mar 19, 2019, 01:40 PM
Mar 2019

Avenatti probably didn't even know that the FBI was already onto Cohen for the financial fraud and tax evasion. The only tangent is where Chump told Cohen to use campaign funds illegally to hush Stormy Daniels (and the other women). I feel bad for John Fry though, seems like a raw deal for him.



(62,444 posts)
4. The FBI most certainly had the records relating to the Daniels payoff
Tue Mar 19, 2019, 01:44 PM
Mar 2019

They had all of the relevant emails and bank records. In search premised on those things, they would also have gotten the recordings.

Avenatti and Daniels, in contrast, would have had NO information about where the $130k came from or how Cohen was reimbursed. They only would have known that Davidson received the payment from Cohen by wire transfer, and that Davidson cut a check to Daniels. Of course they would have had no information at that end about communications between Trump and Cohen.


(62,444 posts)
6. Hoarse Whisperer is among the many lawyers that Avenatti has blocked on Twitter
Tue Mar 19, 2019, 06:26 PM
Mar 2019

Avenatti is a thin-skinned coward who can't handle criticism of any kind. His meltdown last week with "Popehat" Ken White, one of the better known legal tweeters, was epic.



(62,444 posts)
8. In his debtor's exam earlier this month....
Wed Mar 27, 2019, 06:08 PM
Mar 2019

In the In Re Eagan Avenatti case, he had claimed assets of around 100k and no current paying clients.
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