Stormy Daniels' attorney, Michael Avenatti, appeared on Lawrence O'Donnell's The Last Word and had an ominous message for anyone who thinks Trump's attorney Michael Cohen is not in deep trouble. He enumerated three tripwires Cohen likely already crossed that are federal crimes.
Stormy Daniels' attorney, Michael Avenatti enumerates Michael Cohens potential crimes
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Stormy Daniels' attorney, Michael Avenatti, made sure the government did not forget all the goods they had on Trump's attorney Michael Cohen.
"In connection with Michael Cohen's banking associated with Essential Consultants in the wire payments of $130,000 to my client," Michael Avenatti said. "There were a number of what I'm going to describe as potential trip wires that federal prosecutors could use to bring charges against Michael Cohen. I'm going to talk briefly about three of them."
Avenatti then went on to enumerate the tripwires that he is sure Cohen pulled.
"One is," Avenatti said,"When he took out the home equity loan he had to have provided a purpose to the bank for that loan. I doubt that he said it's to pay a hundred thirty thousand dollars to a porn star that we don't believe, that she's lying. I am fairly certain he didn't tell the bank that. So that's the first tripwire if he lied in connection with that home equity loan."
"The second potential tripwire is when he established the accounts for Essential Consultants," Avenatti continued. "When he opened those accounts at the bank, banks have to go through what's called KYC. Know your client. Know your customer analysis. And you have to tell a bank when you open up a business account for a new business what it's going to be used for. Again, I seriously doubt he told First Republic Bank, 'I'm using it to send a hundred thirty thousand dollars to a porn star that we think is lying. So that's the second trip wire."
"And then the third tripwire, Lawrence," Avenatti added."Is in connection with this SAR that you've heard us talking about, the suspicious activity report. When the bank did its internal investigation, I'm highly confident they contacted Michael Cohen after the hundred and thirty thousand dollar payment, and they asked him what it was for exactly. And again, I doubt that he told them the truth."
"So those are three potential instances where he lied or made misrepresentations to a federally insured Bank," Avenatti concluded. "That in and of itself could cause significant problems for Michael Cohen."
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