Five days before Americans cast their ballots for President of the United States, the Wall Street Journal had their hands on the story regarding Trump and Cohen’s hush money deal, but never ran the story.
We know this because Stormy Daniels’ lawyer Michael Avenatti released several emails from her former attorney, Keith Davidson, that prove they knew all along.
When asked if he used proper channels to obtain these emails Avenatti responded “Yes. We demanded the documents and after a considerable battle, we were finally provided them.”
Michael Cohen’s $130,000 payment from the Trump campaign is the final piece of the puzzle. If it took place during the election is would be an unreported election expense. The letter dated on November 3rd, 2016 from WSJ’s legal counsel is the smoking gun.
California Bar Rules of Professional Conduct regulate how attorneys who have had their attorney client relationship terminated (like Davidson and Daniels) share or seal their documents. Under Rule 3-700, Termination of Employment section says that once the relationship is terminated they will “promptly release to the client, at the request of the client, all the client papers and property.” That means Daniels or Avenatti most likely requested the materials and Davidson had to hand them over.
Stormy Daniels former lawyer, Davidson, has a reputation as a go to attorney for hush money payoffs and represented both women Trump has paid off.
The timing of the payoffs is the key to putting an end to the game that Trump and Cohen have been trying to play. The stream of emails between Cohen and Davidson about election reporting, right after they struck up a hush money deal, is not looking great for Cohen and Trump.