Calm before the storm
By David Martosko, Us Political Editor For Dailymail.com
Published: 08:26 EDT, 16 March 2018 | Updated: 09:14 EDT, 16 March 2018
The lawyer representing pornographic actress Stormy Daniels said Friday that six other women have approached him with similar accounts about past sexual flings with President Donald Trump – and confirmed his client's safety was threatened in order to keep her quiet.
During an interview on MSNBC's 'Morning Joe' program, Michael Avenatti answered 'Yes' to the question of whether Daniels – whose real name is Stephanie Clifford – was 'threatened with physical harm.'
An hour later on CNN, he doubled down.
'I'm not alleging anything. I'm stating a fact. And the fact is that my client was physically threatened to stay silent about what she knew about Donald Trump. The details surrounding that, she's going to discuss, I'm sure, on the "60 Minutes" interview on March 25,' Avenatti said.
'She's going to be able to provide very specific details about what happened here,' he claimed, but wouldn't say what her evidence might be.
Avenatti wouldn't tell the 'Morning Joe' hosts whether Daniels' life was threatened, but the revelation will raise the stakes of what has become a White House sideshow and elevate it into a serious legal matter.
And the specter of another half-dozen cases like hers is sure to expand Daniels' one-ring circus to a new level.
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Michael Avenatti, a lawyer representing porn star Stormy Daniels, says his client was physically threatened in order to keep her silent about claims of an affair with Donald Trump
Avenatti said on CNN that 'my client was physically threatened to stay silent about what she knew about Donald Trump'
Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, says Trump bedded her in 2006 and 2007, shortly after his son Barron was born
The president, shown with a bowl of shamrocks on Thursday, hasn't been so lucky in the Daniels case, which has brought at least six more women out of the woodwork
Daniels, pictured with Trump, has seen her claims of a sexual affair with him grab headlines for weeks
'We've been approached by six separate women who tell six stories. We have not vetted those stories. We are in the very preliminary stages of determining the veracity of those stories,' Avenatti said Friday, repeating a claim he first made to CNN the night before.
He told host Anderson Cooper that there are 'some striking similarities between their stories and that of my client.'
Friday on the same network, he said Americans would be interested to learn 'if one or more of these women had a similar circumstance relating to my client as it related to the intimidation tactics, the bullying tactics and the efforts to muzzle and gag these women from telling their story.'
And he said Friday that 'at least two' of them are thought to have entered into confidentiality agreements to keep their silence.
At the same time, Avenatti cautioned that he hasn't vetted the other women's accounts, and allowed that 'people can claim all kinds of things. And when there is a situation like this, there is a tendency by people to come forward and make up a lot of nonsense.'
He also teased that '60 Minutes' interview relentlessly.
'There's the act, and there's the cover-up. And the American people are going to learn about both,' he promised, adding that there's 'no doubt' the broadcast will provide new revelations.
Avenatti first revealed Thursday night on CNN that there were more potential Trump affairs
He answered 'yes' Friday morning to a question about whether Daniels was physically threatened
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