Michael Avenatti, the lawyer representing adult film star Stormy Daniels in her legal action against President Donald Trump, announced in an MSNBC interview on Friday that he would consider representing Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen in any lawsuits against the president as well.
“If he was prepared to do the right thing and come clean, and basically turn state’s evidence, I would absolutely consider it,” Avenatti told MSNBC’s “The Beat with Ari Melber” on Friday. “Michael Cohen and I actually had the chance to converse.”
Avenatti not only appears on liberal news channels regularly to make sure nobody forgets his active litigation — something that isn’t entirely ethical — he also told reporters he had a recent “very positive meeting” with Cohen after the two ran into each other at a New York restaurant. Avenatti, however, would not go into more details than that.
Representing Cohen would be a huge conflict of interest since Avenatti drafted Daniels’ lawsuit and named Cohen as one of the parties being sued. Daniels’ lawsuit alleges that Daniels was paid $130,000 to remain silent about an alleged affair she says happened with President Trump in the early days of his marriage to first lady Melania. Daniels’ lawsuit claims the president and Cohen damaged her reputation in denying the alleged affair.
I’m not sure whose reputation was more damaged, Daniels’, Cohen’s, the president’s or Melania’s. But that’s another matter.
How could Avenatti consider representing someone he is directly suing? Even if Cohen was dropped as an adversary party in the lawsuit, why on earth would he pick Avenatti to be his lawyer?
That would surely complicate his court proceedings, be given way too much public attention by new outlets who seem to be hungrier for dramatic entertainment rather than news and could ultimately cause him severe criminal repercussions.
But then again, maybe Cohen wants to drop his career as a lawyer and become a television entertainer, much like Avenatti.