Stormy Daniels's Lawyer Michael Avenatti Claims More Trump-Related Raids on Horizon

Appearing on Anderson Cooper 360 Wednesday night, the attorney for adult film star and alleged Trump paramour Stormy Daniels claimed he knows "for a fact" that more raids are on the horizon for people in the president's inner circle. He predicted that they'll take place "within the next week."

"Anderson, I will tell you, these raids that occurred on Monday, they're not the last raids. I know that for a fact," Michael Avenatti said. "There are other raids that are contemplated. I anticipate them coming within the next week."

“Al Capone did not go down for murder, Anderson. Al Capone went down for tax evasion and this could very easily be a very similar situation" Stormy Daniels' attorney on allegations of campaign finance violations against Trump lawyer Michael Cohen

— Anderson Cooper 360° (@AC360) April 12, 2018

Avenatti also said, somewhat mysteriously, "Al Capone did not go down for murder, Anderson. Al Capone went down for tax evasion, and this could very easily be a very similar situation."

When pushed by Cooper to elaborate, Avenatti declined to say why similar raids are imminent, or to provide evidence. The lawyer has faced backlash in the past for teasing evidence without releasing it.

His Wednesday statements came after FBI agents raided the home of Michael Cohen, Trump's private attorney and self-styled "right-hand man." Investigators were reportedly looking for tax records, business documents and other information regarding the $130,000 Cohen paid to Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, to keep her quiet about an alleged affair with Trump in 2006.

According to a report in The New York Times, the agents were also searching for documents related to the Access Hollywood tape in which Trump boasted about grabbing women "by the p---y."

The office of special counsel Robert Mueller, tasked with investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 election, was not involved in the search. However, Cohen's lawyer claimed that prosecutors obtained a warrant after Mueller's referral. The investigation is being run by Robert Khuzami, a conservative federal prosecutor who worked for the Securities and Exchange Commission during the Obama administration.

Cohen's lawyer confirmed the raid, which he suggested was an effort to gain information from privileged attorney-client communications. "The decision by the U.S. attorney's office in New York to conduct their investigation using search warrants is completely inappropriate and unnecessary," Stephen Ryan said. "It resulted in the unnecessary seizure of protected attorney-client communications between a lawyer and his clients."

Following the raid, an apparently irate Trump blasted it in two tweets.


— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 10, 2018

Attorney–client privilege is dead!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 10, 2018

And, in a moment of candor during an interview with CNN on Tuesday, Cohen admitted the investigation has given him reason to worry.

"I would be lying to you if I told that I am not,"the embattled attorney and fixer said when asked if he was concerned about the raid. "Do I need this in my life? No. Do I want to be involved in this? No."

According to a recent poll from Quinnipiac University, American voters aren't too concerned about the Daniels saga when compared with the other controversies swirling around the Trump administration. Nearly 60 percent of more than 1,000 respondents said they believed Trump had the affair, and they believed the president knew about the payoff. But about 73 percent of respondents said they didn't think it was an important issue.

"Yes, he did it. No, we don't care," Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll, said in a statement, summing up the survey's findings.

Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, gets into an elevator at Manhattan's Trump Tower on December 12, 2017. The attorney's office and hotel room were recently raided by federal agents. Drew Angerer/Getty Images