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Brace yourself for more Trump hush money payment allegations

Attorney Michael Avenatti participates in a city-sponsored panel discussion on July 26, 2018 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

They’re coming. Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal are not the only women to have received hush money payments to stay silent about purported affairs they had with Donald Trump prior to him becoming president, Daniels’ attorney Michael Avenatti said on Thursday night.

Avenatti made the revelation during an event at which he was speaking in West Hollywood, but he was scant with details because he said the women, whom he’s representing, have not given him permission to reveal their full accounts. According to Avenatti, he has taken on three clients who claimed to have been paid off by either Trump or AMI Entertainment, the parent company of The National Enquirer, or Trump’s longtime personal attorney Michael Cohen. He was unclear about what the women were paid to stay silent about.

“There are three additional female clients of mine that have not been disclosed that were paid hush money prior to the 2016 election, whether it be from Michael Cohen on behalf of the president, an entity that Michael Cohen formed, or AMI,” he told the audience, adding that one of the women was pregnant at the time she received a payment.

Avenatti, ever seeking the spotlight, also entertained a flight of fancy about the 2020 election that he has alluded to before. “If I do not get a sense that the Democratic Party has the right street fighter and the right person to go up against Donald Trump in the general election, I will absolutely run and I will defeat him – period,” Avenatti declared. Avenatti has rocketed to prominence this year since he began representing Stormy Daniels, who was claimed to have been paid $130,000 in hush money weeks before the 2016 election to not speak publicly about an affair she says she had with Trump more than a decade ago. Since he took on Daniels as a client, Avenatti has become ubiquitous figure on cable news where he has established himself as a tireless foil to Trump.

Watch his remarks in the video below.

Read the full story at ABC7 LA.


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