Stormy Daniels' lawyer to Bill Maher: "Trump trusted a moron"

Michael Avenatti weighed in on Michael Cohen on "Real Time with Bill Maher"

By Nicole Karlis
Published April 21, 2018 3:01AM (EDT)

Since Michael Cohen's office was raided, it's been widely speculated that Cohen was indeed President Donald Trump's fixer. On Friday night, Michael Avenatti joined Bill Maher on "Real Time with Bill Maher" to discuss his lawsuit on behalf of Stormy Daniels—and throw a few jabs at Cohen.

"I want this recorded, a lawyer got a standing ovation," Maher said after Avenatti took a seat. "You are something of a folk hero now, how are you coping with your newfound fame?"

"Well, wait until we actually accomplish something in the coming months," Avenatti said.

Maher proceeded to ask how a liberal's dream can come true with the help of him and Daniels.

"The whole reason we love you and Stormy is because we think you're the tip of the spear that is going to take down Donald Trump," Maher said. "Walk me through how our dreams can come true."

"You want me to take you through the foreplay is what you're saying," Avenatti responded.

Then, in all seriousness, Avenatti continued.

"Well, I think we are going to get an opportunity to depose Michael Cohen and the president within the next 60 and 90 days and I think that what we've seen, Bill, what we’re seeing is the dominoes are already starting to fall. I truly believe this is the Achilles heel of the president,” he said. "He has trusted a moron with his inner-most secrets, and the problem is that he has surrounded himself in his adult life with people that are incompetent and the chickens are going to come home to roost.”

"How do you get Donald Trump to show up?" Maher asked.

"Well, we get a federal judge to order him to appear for a deposition," Avenatti said.

"You think Donald Trump will really show up?" Maher inquired.

Avenatti said he thinks he will—and that he should.

“He — should? Donald Trump should? Hello! He should do a lot of things,” Maher said. “And then what happens if he doesn’t show up?”

Avenatti said well perhaps the U.S. Marshals would show up for him. The conversation eventually circled back to Cohen.

“I think that Michael Cohen knows where all of the bodies are buried,” Avenatti said. “And I think he’s going to sing like a canary. Like you cannot — Bill, here’s the problem — no I know he’s going to fold. Because, here’s the problem: when you have a fixer you need two things at least, you need a guy that’s tough and you need a guy that’s smart. This guy is neither tough nor smart.”

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Nicole Karlis is a staff writer at Salon. Tweet her @nicolekarlis.

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