Stephanie Clifford, aka Stormy Daniels (the porn actress who is suing for the right to tell her side of the story of her affair with Donald Trump), is represented as a legal matter – but also for purposes of making her case on TV — by attorney Michael J. Avenatti. I don’t know how good he is at lawyering, but Avenatti is very good on TV and has become a regular on MSNBC.
I remember when a distinguished attorney would at least feign respect for opposing counsel, but the age of such manners is over (as the current incumbent in the Oval Office regularly demonstrates, it is over for POTUSES — or does one mean POTI?)
Still, I laughed out loud when Avenatti dished the dirt on the Trump legal team. True, if the goal of Team Trump is to defend their client’s reputation as a respecter of his marital vows, they have a tough job. And it isn’t working. But last night on MSNBC Avenatti, in rude but hilarious terms, went after the competence of Trump’s legal team. Here’s the quote:
I’m used to playing chess in my cases.
I’ve had the good fortune to come into contact with some very good chess players around this country. Lawyers at the top of their game. Really good lawyers that are really good chess players. And I like to count myself as a really good chess player.
Right now, I’m playing three-dimensional chess, and these guys [Trump’s legal team] are playing tic tac toe. And, quite honestly, they’re not even playing tic tac toe all that well.
When we filed this case, there was one response that made sense and one response only [on the question of whether Clifford can publicly talk about her affair with Trump]. And that response would have been:
“Y’know what? You’re right. I wasn’t a party to this agreement, [this would be Trump talking about the non-disclosure agreement that Clifford/Daniels signed, but Trump did not sign]. She’s free to tell her story and I’m gonna tell mine.”
And guess what? If that had happened, we wouldn’t be sitting here right now and we wouldn’t be talking about it. The fact of the matter is that’s not what happened.
Instead, they have stepped into every trap we have laid in this case the last two weeks. It’s really remarkable. I’ve never seen anything like it. I’ve never had good fortune like this.
So we’re gonna keep shooting till we miss. And the problem here is that now they’re doubling and tripling down.
Now we have the president of the United States — I think it’s important to take a step back and think about this for a minute — we have a sitting U.S. president who is carrying out a vendetta against a woman who alleges that she had an affair with him. And he’s suing her for $20 million dollars. And he’s attempting to continue to silence her and put her under his thumb. And that’s what this is about.
I’m not clever enough to understand all the legal issues. But on this, I have to agree with Avenatti. If President Trump’s goal in this matter is to keep the public from learning about his affair with “Stormy Daniels,” it isn’t working. And if that isn’t his goal, what the heck is it?