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Michael Avenatti Debunks Rudy Giuliani’s Trump Family Defense, Says Stormy Daniels Paid ‘Suddenly’ Before Election

Stormy Daniels’s lawyer Michael Avenatti early Saturday took another shot at President Donald Trump and the new face of his legal team, Rudy Giuliani, over their changing stories about a $130,000 payment made to Daniels to cover up her alleged affair with Trump.

Avenatti tweeted a statement that Giuliani made Friday, in which he backed away from his previous claim that the payout to porn star Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, was made because Trump was in the final stretch of his campaign to become president.

“’The payment was made to resolve a personal and false allegation in order to protect the president’s family,’ Giuliani said in a statement released Friday. ‘It would have been done in any event, whether he was a candidate or not,’” Avenatti tweeted Giuliani’s words exactly, and added, “Really? Let's test this most recent claim...”

“For over 9 yrs after the end of the affair - 2007, 08, 09, 10, 11 (In Touch), 12, 13, 14, 15, and 16 (Jan-Sept) - Mr. Trump had a family. And yet no payment was ever made to ‘protect them,’” Avenatti said in a separate tweet. “Then, two weeks before the election, the payment was suddenly made. #WeAreNotStupid #basta.”

Avenatti has been pouncing on Trump and Giuliani’s inconsistencies and saying they cannot fool the American public.

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On Friday, Avenatti tweeted that the president and his attorney “are making it up as they go along,” and, “How stupid do they think all of us are?”

A new member of Trump’s legal team, Giuliani made headlines when he said on Fox News Wednesday that Trump reimbursed his personal lawyer Michael Cohen paying Daniels the hush money less than two weeks before the 2016 presidential election. Cohen is subject to a criminal investigation on his business deals including the payout to Daniels.

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