Former Watergate Prosecutor Unleashes On Michael Avenatti When He Calls In To MCNBC From Prison

By Alan Hume | Friday, 12 April 2024 05:15 AM
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Nick Akerman, a former prosecutor in the Watergate scandal, has publicly challenged the credibility of Michael Avenatti, the disgraced attorney, following his recent comments on the hush money case against former President Donald Trump.

Avenatti, who is currently serving a prison sentence, appeared on MSNBC's Ari Melber show on Tuesday, casting doubt on the case and describing it as "stale," as previously reported by Fox News Digital.

Akerman, in response to Avenatti's comments, stated, "I wouldn’t take his word on either of those two things. He knows nothing about this case." Avenatti had criticized Michael Cohen, Trump's former personal attorney, as a potential witness in the case, labeling him a "serial liar."

Akerman further elaborated on Avenatti's lack of involvement in the case, stating, "He was not involved in the mechanics of the case. He was not involved in the payoffs. He was not involved in how it was set up. He’s not a witness in this case." He added that the case's witnesses are not limited to Cohen, but also include David Pecker, the former head of the National Enquirer. The indictment alleges a scheme to suppress information about Trump from the public during the 2016 election.

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When questioned by Ari Melber, the MSNBC host, about Avenatti's knowledge of the case, Akerman responded, "he has no personal knowledge." Melber, however, argued that Avenatti does possess unique insights, stating, "He does know a lot of things that most people don’t know... Avenatti knows what Stormy Daniels’ state of mind was at the time that this came out in ’18. He knows how he dealt with Mr. Cohen at that time."

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Despite Melber's arguments, Akerman maintained that Avenatti would not be a witness in the case, stating he had "zero" involvement. "There is no way any reasonable district attorney would ever put that guy on the witness stand," he said.

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During his interview with Melber, Avenatti also expressed doubts about Trump receiving a fair trial in New York, citing numerous issues with the case. "I don’t think that he can get a fair trial in New York... if they were to go to sleep tonight and wake up tomorrow and find out that the case had been moved to Mississippi or Alabama, would they still think the trial was going to be fair?" he questioned.

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Avenatti was sentenced to 14 years in prison in 2022 for defrauding four former clients of millions of dollars and attempting to obstruct the IRS from collecting payroll taxes from a coffee shop he owned. He was already serving a five-year prison sentence for stealing $300,000 from Daniels and attempting to extort $25 million from footwear manufacturer Nike.

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