Currently, I’m not watching the news because if I see Stormy Daniels’ lawyer Michael Avenatti, my whole day is shot. Avenatti is “the dreamboat” of this whole Trump mess. Every other man is a predator, a moron, a traitor and/or a douchebag. But Michael Avenatti is my Forever Bae. I know a lot of people have been doing a lot of good work behind-the-scenes, but I truly feel like Avenatti should get a lot of credit for all of the sh-t that has unfolded between Stormy Daniels, Donald Trump and Michael Cohen. It might even be the key that unlocks the riddle of how America gets rid of the Trumps. But I shouldn’t get ahead of myself. This week, the story is about how Trump lawyer Michael Cohen is going to plead the fifth in the Stormy Daniels civil suit. Hahahaha.
President Trump’s longtime attorney, Michael Cohen, will invoke his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination in a civil lawsuit brought by adult entertainer Stormy Daniels — a move that would prevent him revealing anything that could be used later by federal prosecutors.
“Based on the advice of counsel, I will assert my 5th Amendment rights in connection with all proceedings in this case due to the ongoing criminal investigation by the FBI and U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York,” Cohen wrote in the filing in Los Angeles federal court.
The Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution spells out the right of individuals not to be compelled to testify against themselves. The civil suit brought by Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, names Cohen as a defendant. Daniels, who says she had an affair with Donald Trump a decade ago, signed a confidentiality agreement with Cohen days before the 2016 election in exchange for $130,000 — money that Cohen says he paid out with an equity loan on his house. She is seeking to void the contract. Since the questions are likely to overlap in the civil suit and any criminal case brought in connection with the contract, taking the Fifth would save Cohen from revealing anything in the Daniels case that could be used later in the criminal probe.
Earlier this month, the FBI raided Cohen’s office, home and a hotel room in connection with its criminal probe.
“Talking, when you’re the subject of an investigation, when they are thinking that this contract was a federal crime … is incredibly reckless,” Ken White, a former assistant U.S. attorney in Los Angeles, tells NPR. “The only sensible thing to do is shut up and not make it worse.”
Taking the Fifth is a basic constitutional right, but even so, many people believe it implies guilt. During the campaign, then-candidate Trump compared Hillary Clinton staffers pleading the Fifth in the email investigation to mobsters. At a campaign rally he said: “The mob takes the Fifth. If you’re innocent, why are you taking the Fifth Amendment?”
It is a big deal! The walls are closing in on Michael Cohen. I was asked yesterday if I think Cohen will flip on Donald Trump, and my answer is the same: yes, he will, but we have to be patient. Wait for the state and federal charges to start piling up. Wait for Cohen to feel the walls crushing him as they collapse. Then he’ll flip. Hopefully all of that will be happening soon.
I shouldn’t have even watched this video of Avenatti! Now I’m going to be fantasizing about our dream life together, fighting traitors and banging constantly.
This is a stunning development. Never before in our nation’s history has the attorney for the sitting President invoked the 5th Amend in connection with issues surrounding the President. It is esp. stunning seeing as MC served as the “fixer” for Mr. Trump for over 10 yrs. #basta
— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) April 25, 2018
Michael Avenatti: “Michael Cohen is claiming he can’t answer the questions because the answers will incriminate him. This is a staggering development. It cannot be over exaggerated. It cannot be overstated. This is a big deal.” pic.twitter.com/iRDwFk2kHZ
— Together we rise 🌊 (@Matsamon) April 26, 2018
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