Stormy Daniels' lawyer hints that "60 Minutes" interview will uncover serious dirt on Trump

“I think they’re going to learn quite a bit,” Daniels' lawyer told CNN’s Chris Cuomo

By Nicole Karlis

Senior Writer

Published March 22, 2018 3:51PM (EDT)

Michael Avenatti, Stormy Daniels' attorney. (CNN)
Michael Avenatti, Stormy Daniels' attorney. (CNN)

Anticipation builds for adult film actress Stephanie Clifford’s “60 Minutes” interview with Anderson Cooper, set to air on CBS on March 25, and while there has been much speculation as to what Clifford — whose stage name is Stormy Daniels — will reveal on-air, her lawyer Michael Avenatti dropped some hints during a discussion with CNN’s Chris Cuomo.

“If Stormy Daniels is free to say whatever she wants to say, what do the American people stand to learn here?” Cuomo asked Avenatti.

“I think they’re going to learn quite a bit,”Avenatti said. “There are two aspects to this, there’s the act —  meaning the relationship with Mr. Trump — and there’s the cover, and I think she’s going to touch on both of those during the ["60 Minutes"] interview.”

Cuomo pressed for more information, asking, “The cover-up is what? What—somebody had an affair?” He continued to ask what could Clifford say that would be “so significant” to the American people.

“I think this is about engaging in thuggish behavior, threats, intimidation, and hiding the money trail,” Avenatti said to Cuomo. “I think ultimately, Chris, that’s what this is going to get to. And ultimately, we’re going to make sure that the facts are known to the American people. Individuals that are far more powerful than me, far more powerful than my client, they will ultimately determine whether those facts lead to something else."

The interview, which was filmed last month, seems poised to breach the hazy, possibly unlawful legal agreement Clifford had with Donald Trump vis-a-vis Trump's lawyer Michael Cohen. Previously, Clifford was paid $130,000 by Donald Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen, so-called "hush money" seemingly intended to keep Clifford silent regarding the details of her alleged affair with President Donald Trump that took place in 2006. Clifford has been trying to nullify the agreement, and believes it is invalid given that Trump himself never signed it.

As Avenatti said, Clifford's grievances over the hush agreement are not related to her alleged affair, but to the way in which Trump silenced Clifford. Avenatti and Clifford claim that Clifford recently suffered threats of physical violence over the ordeal.

Watch Avenatti’s interview here:

By Nicole Karlis

Nicole Karlis is a senior writer at Salon, specializing in health and science. Tweet her @nicolekarlis.

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