So far much of the media is familiar with two women who were paid off prior to the 2016 election, in order to keep quiet about affairs that they allegedly had with Donald Trump.
There is Karen McDougal, who has been in the news a lot lately after an audio recording was released in which Trump and attorney Michael Cohen discuss a plan to buy back a story that American Media Inc. had purchased from McDougal and then buried. Then there is Stormy Daniels, the adult entertainer who claims to have slept with Trump and then took $130,000 to keep quiet. Daniels is represented by attorney Michael Avenatti.
Avenatti, himself, has become a media sensation himself, as he has stood up against President Trump from just about all angles possible, and has even considered running against Trump in 2020.
Earlier this week, Avenatti told Hill Reporter that there are additional tapes of Cohen and Trump, and that these “tapes contain very damaging admissions made by Donald Trump, Michael Cohen and others as to a number of critical issues.”
Special Master Barbara Jones has released 12 audio recordings to prosecutors, which the FBI had seized from the raid of Michael Cohen’s office back on April 9. Last night, however, the Washington Post reported that the FBI has actually “seized more than 100 recordings that Michael Cohen made of his conversations with people discussing matters that may relate to Trump and his businesses and with Trump himself talking.”
Following the report by the Washington Post, Michael Avenatti tweeted quite the bombshell statement this morning, saying:
“Donald Trump conspired with Michael Cohen to pay off multiple other women prior to Election Day in 2016. They were also concerned about a pregnancy. Cohen has evidence and info in his possession and it must be released to the public. Now! “
When Avenatti was asked if he had received new evidence, he replied, “Yes, and for the haters out there, check my track record. I don’t make claims that are nonsense.”
So far Avenatti has not put out false claims, so there is no reason to believe that this statement is misleading in any way. The idea that Trump and Cohen were “concerned about a pregnancy” certainly is an alarming statement to hear about the President of the United States. It brings up an array of questions, that the media will certainly want answered: Could there be a Trump love child? Could Trump have paid a woman to abort his own child? What could this possibly mean?
We reached out to Michael Avenatti for clarification but have not yet heard back. Stay tuned for an update.