In fairness, has scored a cool billion: Full disclosure:
By last evening, we felt bad about the things we said yesterday about the man who's sometimes, quite unfairly, referred to as "Barrister Bluster."
On Wednesday night, it struck us as funny when the gent told Rachel Maddow that he had erred on purpose this week—that he had deliberately misstated the amounts of money paid to Michael Cohen, just so we could see if Cohen would come clean about the misstatement.
It struck us as a silly claim—at the time. But then, last night, he said it again, in his first exchange with Don Lemon. Just like that, we realized his comical claim had been truthful:
It happened in the 11 PM hour. In the face of a withering, skeptical question from Lemon, the jaunty jurist said it again. He had misstated on purpose:
LEMON (5/10/18): Good evening to you, sir.As it turns out, the jurist was just playing his usual game of chess when he reported the wrong amounts! Also, somebody's lying!
AVENATTI: Good evening.
LEMON: So the AT&T spokesman confirmed to CNN, and I just want to make sure I get all this legally correct here, that they hired Michael Cohen for consulting on the Time Warner merger, FCC regulations and tax reform. And then today we saw the reporting of the $600,000, not $200,000.
You said that you knew they had more. Why did you—were you just hanging onto that? And what do you think of these new developments?
AVENATTI: We knew that AT&T had paid $600,000. We disclosed $200,000 because we wanted to see what was going to happen. Frankly—
And the same thing with Novartis. We knew that they have paid more than approximately $400,000. We knew they paid north of the million dollars, and again, we wanted to see what would happen.
We wanted to see what Michael Cohen did, we want to see what his counsel did. We wanted to see what this company did. I mean, look, we are in this for the long game. This is a strategic play. We're playing chess, not tic-tac-toe. And you know, look, Don, here's the bottom-line.
And this is really what it comes down to at this point, somebody's lying. There's no question about that.
When we saw the solipsistic solicitor repeat his claim last night, we realized that we'd been wrong. One thing's for sure—no one would go on Lemon's show and try to sneak something past him!
Meanwhile, we should have included the exchange shown below in yesterday's report. On Wednesday night, Avenatti had offered a bit of straight talk when Rachel asked him who's paying his legal fees:
MADDOW (5/9/18): Who is paying you, and how long do you think this case is going to go on? And do you have confidence that you`ll get paid the whole time?One of the analysts said to us, "Does he possibly sound just a bit like Trump?" We sent him to his dungeon-like quarters without a hint of supper!
AVENATTI: We took a de minimis amount of money. have taken a de minimis amount of money from Ms. Daniels. All the additional money we have been paid have come from crowdjustice.org funding page that we created in connection with the case.
There's no big fat cat donor. There is no left-wing conspiracy funding us. There is no political party, there is no PAC, it just isn't there. People are fabricating this because they want to undercut what we're doing.
You know, Rudy Giuliani, I think yesterday, said that I'm not a very successful lawyer and he couldn't find a single case that I had been affiliated with. Well, guess what? Last year I had the largest verdict in the state of California, $454 million in federal court, a fraud case. That was the third largest in the nation. I've had over a billion dollars in verdicts and settlements to my name where I have been lead counsel.
So I've had a fair amount of success. So I don't know what Rudy's problem is, but he is not doing his homework or his research.
At any rate, there you see the full story. When Avenatti reported the wrong amounts, he was engaged in his usual "long game" of chess. On the other hand, when his client had sex with The Donald that time, she only did it because she felt she pretty much had to.
She wasn't playing a game at all. These stories all make perfect sense!