- Michael Avenatti claims at least two women have come forward with stories similar to Stormy Daniels'
- Daniels, a porn actress, accepted $130,000 from Donald Trump's lawyer to buy her silence about claims she bedded the president in 2006 and 2007
- Her lawyer says he's vetting the other women's claims, which could signal that 'big problems lie ahead' for Trump and attorney Michael Cohen
- Trump has insisted Daniels' claims are rubbish, letting his 'fixer' Cohen handle the payoffs
- If there were three women involved in hush-money deals instead of just one, however, the credibility of his denials could vanish
By David Martosko, Us Political Editor For Dailymail.com
Published: 11:57 EDT, 17 May 2018 | Updated: 12:17 EDT, 17 May 2018
The lawyer for a pornographic actress who is suing to be released from a sex-scandal hush agreement with Donald Trump said Thursday that more women could soon be in the same boat.
Michael Avenatti represents Stephanie Clifford, who performs under the stage name Stormy Daniels. He told MSNBC's 'Morning Joe' program that 'they are not fully vetted, but there's at least two, I think, that are on solid ground.'
'And I think as the evidence rolls out over the coming months, disclosures are going to be made that my client was not alone as it relates to these payments.'
Avenatti scoffed at the idea that former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen was 'a 24-hour, 7-day-a-week fixer for the sole purpose of taking care of Stormy Daniels.'
Michael Avenatti said Thursday that his client Stormy Daniels is likely not the only former lover President Trump paid to keep silent about their rendezvous
Daniels, a 39-year-old porn star, claims she bedded Donald Trump more than a decade ago, and accepted $130,000 just days before the 2016 election in exchange for her silence
Avenatti claimed he's vetting the credible claims of two women who appear to be in the same boat as his client
The pitbull lawyer tweeted after Thursday morning's interview that there are 'two more women and counting... Big problems lie ahead for Mr. Cohen and Mr. Trump.'
'[T]he impetus for both women coming forward,' he added, 'was the bravery of my client, our dedication to exposing the truth through the media, and our competence in dealing with the press. Imagine that.'
Avenatti has become a fixture on TV news networks, appearing at least 147 times in the past 10 weeks.
He has also threatened lawsuits against journalists who publish negative stories about Daniels, and those who have chosen to publish remarks that Avenatti considered 'off the record' when they never agreed to the terms of an email exchange.
On Thursday Avenatti said the two women who have contacted him most recently appear to have been paid more for their silence than the $130,000 Daniels pocketed just days before the 2016 election that catapulted the president to power.
The relationships are documented, he explained, but he's still carefully vetting their stories.
It's unclear, Avenatti added, whether the potential onetime Trump paramours will be as eager as Daniels to leap into the glare of a worldwide spotlight.
'We don't know yet' if they will go public, he said, 'and that's a big issue for them.'
Michael Cohen, Trump's former personal lawyer, was the conduit for money to pay off Daniels
The pitbull lawyer tweeted after his MSNBC appearance Thursday that '[b]ig problems lie ahead for Mr. Cohen and Mr. Trump
President Trump and the White House have consistently denied Daniels' claim that the pair had a sexual fling in 2006 and 2007.
But the Office of Government Ethics released his 2017 financial disclosure on Tuesday, which acknowledges that he reimbursed Cohen for an amount between $100,001 and $250,000 – likely the Daniels hush money.
A former Playboy model named Karen McDougal also claims to have bedded Trump, and accepted a $150,000 payment from the National Enquirer for exclusive rights to her story.
The supermarket tabloid chose not to publish it, in what editors typically refer to as a 'catch and kill' scheme. David Pecker, the longtime CEO of the Enquirer's parent company, has long had strong ties with Trump.