Politico - Trump’s supporters want to see porn actress Stormy Daniels and former FBI Deputy Director McCabe silenced and sidelined. But after an explosive 24 hours that featured an unprecedented legal threat from a sitting president against Daniels and the public firing of McCabe Friday, Trump’s two troublesome adversaries have a bigger platform than ever before.
By Saturday, Daniels and McCabe were the subject of wall-to-wall cable news coverage — much of it unflattering to the president. The White House was back on the defensive, facing uncomfortable questions about whether the president’s repeated criticism of McCabe influenced Jeff Sessions’ decision to fire him, and whether Trump was directly involved in efforts to silence Daniels.
The sequence of events began late Friday night, when Trump, through his personal lawyers, weighed in for the first time on the legal fight stemming from allegations that he had an affair with Daniels. The president’s team asserted that Trump has the right to seek more than $20 million from Daniels for repeatedly violating a non-disclosure agreement.
If Trump’s lawyers follow through on the threat, discovery and depositions could result, pushing Trump further into the middle of the legal fight over the allegations, on which Trump has avoided commenting in public.
Michael Avenatti, Daniels’ lawyer, pounced on the president’s legal tactic, casting it as a strategic misstep. “This clearly was not well thought out before it was done — either that or they haven’t been paying attention over the last two weeks,” Avenatti told POLITICO in an interview Saturday afternoon. “These tactics only work if the other side blinks and in our case neither my client nor I have any intention of blinking. As a result, the president and Mr. Cohen have only compounded their problems by bringing suit against my client for $20 million of bogus damages,” Avenatti said, referring to Michael Cohen, Trump’s personal lawyer.
Before the public could digest the Daniels news, Sessions on Friday night announced his decision to fire McCabe...#notmypresident#impeachtrump#lockhimup#treason#mueller#gop#maga#trump#dayofdistress#vote2018#mikepence