Michael Avenatti just dropped a severe new allegation against the already troubled Trump attorney Michael Cohen.
Avenatti addressed his concerns in a letter addressed to the Honorable Judge Kimba Wood, made available on Twitter by Kyle Griffin:
Michael Avenatti claims in a new letter to Judge Kimba Wood that Michael Cohen or someone connected to him is allegedly leaking audio recordings that were seized in the FBI raids on Cohen. pic.twitter.com/ShxGtwBNZv
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) May 22, 2018
“We write to bring an important matter to the court’s attention,” Avenatti, who is representing ex-Trump mistress and award-winning adult film director Stephanie “Stormy Daniels” Clifford in an ongoing defamation suit against the president.
“We have reason to believe that plaintiff Michael Cohen, or members of his team, have begun to leak select audio recordings to the media that were seized in the FBI raids,” he continued.
The case against Michael Cohen is not associated to Avenatti’s case with Clifford, nor is it associated to the ongoing probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election by Robert Mueller, though he did suggest to the FBI that the March raid be conducted.
The cases are, however, all connected by a common thread: the mysterious slush fund managed by Cohen which accepted payments from Russian oligarchs and was used to pay Clifford the infamous $130,000 hush payment which predicated her defamation suit and opened the floodgates of corruption hiding in Trump’s financial dealings.
Avenatti believes the leaked recordings in question “relate” to his client, Stephanie “Stormy Daniels” Clifford, and that they are “meant to paint a false narrative relating to Mr. Cohen and his business dealings,” noting that select recordings between Cohen and other high-profile individuals were omitted, such as conversations with the president himself.
Judge Kimba Wood is the same judge who forced Cohen’s attorney to reveal earlier this year that Cohen had represented a mysterious “third client” who turned out to be Sean Hannity.
Avenatti was also the first to release information pertaining Cohen’s payment from Russian oligarchs, so him teaming up with Judge Wood to counter Cohen’s attempt to rebrand himself as some business-savvy hero does not bode well for the beleaguered attorney.
If he is really leaking the FBI’s evidence to the press in order to discredit the case their building against him, Cohen could be digging himself into a substantially deeper hole than the one he’s already found himself in.