Dershowitz confronts smug Avenatti on ethics: Why do you know things you shouldn’t legally know about Cohen case?

Michael Avenatti, attorney for porn star Stormy Daniels, made a rather remarkable claim in light of a reports that President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, Michael Cohen, secretly recording a conversation with his client regarding a former Playboy Playmate who said she had an affair with Trump.

Appearing on ABC News’ “This Week,” Avenatti said the tape would impact Daniels’ case against Trump “in a big way,” while insisting more tapes exist. This prompted a critical question from Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz — which Avenatti refused to answer.

“I can tell you that for a fact there are multiple tapes,” the attention-seeking attorney said during the discussion.

This prompted a great question from Dershowitz.

“I have a question for Michael Avenatti,” he said. “How do you know there are other tapes? You’re not in a position where you could possibly know that properly. How do you know there are other tapes involving the president of the United States? Are you privy to what was seized from the office [of Michael Cohen]?”

Given that Avenatti said last week he was open to representing Cohen, the query certainly makes for an interesting question.

Instead of answering, an arrogant Avenatti offered a juvenile-like response, before attacking the famed Harvard Law professor on his accuracy.

“Well, Alan,” he replied. “I’m not going to answer your question because I don’t have to answer your question. Suffice it to say, Alan, that my accuracy rate over the last six months has been a heck of a lot better than yours as it relates to this matter.”

Dershowitz responded to say he’s not “trying to get into anything personal,” but his adversary was more intent on making a name for himself.

“Please don’t interrupt me,” Avenatti shot back. “My accuracy rate over the last six months has been spot on in this case. And let me tell you this. If I’m wrong, then why don’t we have Mr. Trump or his attorneys come forward today, right now and claim there are no other tapes. You’re not going to hear that because there are other tapes. Period.”

Since the attorney missed the point of the question, Dershowitz came back to it, telling Avenatti that if he’s right, “you have access to information that’s supposed to be sealed and supposed to be secret.”

“How do you have that information?” Dershowitz asked again. “How are you right, how did you get that information that nobody else knows?”

He pressed the issue, telling Avenatti, “You’re not in a position where you have been given that information properly, so I think you do have an obligation to answer that.”

Saying he could have obtained the information in a “host of ways, Avenatti proceeded to ask Dershowitz if he knows what Cohen has told him, suggesting that could be the source.

Dershowitz continued to school the young attorney as he laid out the point he was making.

“You shouldn’t have the information,” he informed Avenatti. “It raises deep questions about how you have access to information that Judge Kimba Wood gave to a judge, a former judge to investigate in secret because it’s potentially lawyer-client information and you shouldn’t have lawyer client information.”


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