Federal prosecutors in New York canceled a meeting with Stormy Daniels that was scheduled weeks in advance, just hours before it was supposed to begin on Monday, Daniels’ lawyer Michael Avenatti said.
Avenatti tweeted the following:
“So I was just informed by the US Attys office that they are canceling the mtg tmrw scheduled with me and my client (for weeks) because the press found out about the mtg and they can’t handle a few cameras outside their offices. If they consider this a big deal, how will they ever bring any serious criminal charges against Cohen et al., let alone handle a trial, in such a high profile matter? We have bent over backwards to accommodate them. This is unheard of. We remain willing to cooperate but something isn’t right…”
But the prosecutors have to teach Daniels’ legal team not to try their case in the media and rather to focus on presenting the facts to a potential jury.
Avenatti has already been cautioned by a judge for his excessive media appearances and was told he can either choose to appear before the court or before TV cameras. Avenatti chose the cameras.
He has been a strong critic of Trump, voicing his opinions on Trump’s immigration policy and even appeared with Anthony Scaramucci on Stephen Colbert’s show.
The New York prosecutors are acting with class. In regards to their investigation of Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen — who has not been charged — they are looking to obtain facts, not media appeal.
If the U.S. Attorney’s Office did not send the leaks, there are few other people with knowledge of the meeting who could have given the tip to media outlets. The U.S. Attorneys probably suspect it was Daniels’ legal team. And the federal prosecutors have no problem cancelling such meetings with Daniels. Even if the cancellations put a blow to her popularity.