On Sunday morning, the lead attorney for Stormy Daniels in her ongoing legal case(s) with Donald Trump and his own personal lawyer, Michael Cohen appeared once again with CNN’s Jake Tapper on his show State of the Union, and this time, Michael Avenatti had some pretty big news: His client, adult film actress Stephanie Clifford, will be in attendance at Monday’s hearing for Cohen following the FBI raid on Cohen’s offices, which produced documentary and audio evidence of high value to investigators.
Avenatti was on the program to discuss what he thought might happen at the hearing, which had been delayed from Friday due to the president’s new lawyer’s unpreparedness to present any kind of statement or case on behalf of Cohen.
Although it has been revealed that the crimes the FBI was seeking evidence for are mostly unrelated to the ongoing Russia investigation, Donald Trump apparently considers anything that Cohen finds himself embroiled in to be his own problem as well, and he hired Joanna Hendon last Wednesday to add to his legal team and perhaps bat cleanup after the Cohen raid.
That looks like “too little, too late,” since Hendon told the court on Friday that she simply wasn’t ready to make a case.
Monday’s hearing, unlike the proceedings in which the court granted a stay on Friday, will require Cohen to be present. But as an added bonus perhaps for American spectators, both Avenatti and Clifford, AKA Daniels, will also be in the room as a federal judge reads off what Michael Cohen could be facing.
After a high-profile discovery by investigators that Cohen had lied to the FBI about whether or not he had traveled to Prague in 2016 to meet with Kremlin figures regarding the US election, there is little doubt that Cohen will soon be facing one or more indictments. If he does, it’s entirely possible that it could lead to yet another basis for obstruction charges against Trump, after footage resurfaced of Trump’s first press conference as President-elect, lying to America about that Prague trip:
But the biggest news of Sunday was the fact that Stormy will be in court to watch Michael Cohen squirm. We can’t wait to see if the mobster-like lawyer cracks under pressure and finally flips on his boss, or whether investigators will have to really put the screws to him to get him to roll over.
Watch the exchange with Jake Tapper here:
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