From the time the whole Stormy Daniels-Donald Trump affair before he was president allegations surfaced, something about the whole story just seemed off. Why would a famous germaphobe do the nasty with a porn star? It just didn’t make any sense.
In the last week, some details about the always on television lawyer of said porn star have surfaced that make the affair downright fishy.
An online sleuth is reporting that Michael Avenatti, Stormy’s lawyer who appears to have no other clients was able to settle about $8 million worth of issues since January.
Eight million, you say? Apparently so — at least if a bit of sleuthing by notable trial lawyer Robert Barnes is to be believed.
Barnes looked up some tax information on Avenatti’s law firm and found he hadn’t paid any taxes for the years 2014, 2015 and 2016, even though filings in a bankruptcy court said that during that period the firm earned a whopping $30 million.
“In January 2018, (Michael Avenatti) got an unidentified source of income that allowed him to pay $4.85M to his law firm employees he defrauded, close to $2M in back taxes for payroll taxes on his law firm, and near another $1M to other creditors,” Barnes tweeted.
“Same time as: new client #StormyDaniels.”
Avenatti claims that Daniels is the only one paying her bills, but the question has been raised just how much cash do porn stars really make? $8 million is a lot of dough. The source of this information is a lawyer himself so one has to assume he knows what releasing false information would do to his career. (He’d be disbarred and probably prosecuted for libel at least.)
But that’s not the only fishy thing that legal eagles are questioning.
Writing in The Hill last week, Mark Penn suggested that Avenatti’s report on money going to Michael Cohen “also raises the question of where and how did he get this detailed financial information because he didn’t find it on Google.”
“This is the kind of information that would have been known only by the Treasury Department, his banks or by prosecutors, raising some serious questions about what kind of operation Avenatti is running,” Penn wrote. “He can’t be both an attorney and then participate as an officer of the court in trafficking illegally obtained information.”
Penn also noted that “Avenatti has been given a free, unfettered media perch on TV to spread his stuff without the networks forcing him to meet any disclosure requirements, saying that he is Daniels’s attorney when someone else entirely is paying for this operation is not true disclosure that allows the viewer to evaluate the source and potential conflicts.
“He is now being given deference as though he is a journalist interested in protecting unverified sources while he makes headline-grabbing pronouncements,” Penn added. “Lawyers need to disclose the source of their evidence.”
Hmm… It’s almost as if the mainstream media is expecting the Stormy affair to be the mud to stick on President Trump.
At this point, very few people outside of the media really care. This writer has contacts on the other side of the fence who are sick of it, calling the reporting beating a dead horse.
Maybe, just maybe, Avenatti was paid to say there was a horse that never existed.
Someday, we might actually find out.