Michael Avenatti has called for the “immediate indictment” of Donald Trump following a Wall Street Journal report that alleges the president had complete knowledge of payoffs made to Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal. The Journal story dropped on November 9 at 1:03 p.m., by 1:50, Avenatti had taken to Twitter to rail against the president.
The controversial lawyer tweeted, “In light of the sworn testimony and evidence relating to the payment to my client and Trump’s involvement (confirming our allegations), we are calling for the immediate indictment of the president. No one is above the law in the United States.” Avenatti accompanied the tweet with a September 2018 opinion piece he wrote for the New York Times in September 2018. The article was titled, “The Case for Indicting the President.”
Avenatti has represented Stormy Daniels since she first came into the mainstream following her allegations that she had a brief affair with the president in 2006. The November 2018 Journal report contradicts President Trump’s past claims that he knew nothing of payments that his lawyer, Michael Cohen, made to both Daniels and McDougal. The article describes the president as being an active participant in the alleged scheme to prevent Daniels and McDougal from going public with their allegations.
One sentence reads, “The Wall Street Journal found that Mr. Trump was involved in or briefed on nearly every step of the agreements. He directed deals in phone calls and meetings with his self-described fixer, Michael Cohen.” The investigative report goes on to quote a University of California, Irvine law professor, Richard Hasen, who said that in order to secure a criminal conviction, prosecutors would have to prove that Trump “willfully” broke campaign finance laws. Also implicated in the report is Trump’s longtime friend, David Pecker, who allegedly agreed to “quash” Karen McDougal’s story by paying her $150,000 for her story.
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Source:: Heavy.com – Politics