Michael Avenatti pitched Michael Cohen on working together against President Donald Trump at their dinner encounter last week, according to a source briefed on the chance meeting.
Cohen, the former personal lawyer to the President, was dining with his son and another person at Scalintella on Manhattan’s Upper East Side when Avenatti, the attorney for former adult film star Stormy Daniels, walked into the restaurant. Cohen was eating dessert, according to the source.
Avenatti walked up to Cohen’s table and pitched him on working together to resolve their differences, the source said. Avenatti is representing Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, in a lawsuit against Trump over a dispute about a nondisclosure agreement that Cohen facilitated.
Cohen has been increasingly distant from Trump since his home, office and hotel room were raided in April as part of a referral to the southern district of New York by special counsel Robert Mueller. Boxes of evidence, as well as several electronic devices, were turned over. The FBI also seized recordings between Cohen and Daniels’ former lawyer regarding her nondisclosure agreement.
A dozen audio recordings seized in the raid were also referenced in a filing released by the special master overseeing the case on Monday. According to a source, this includes the recording of Cohen and Trump discussing a payment to Karen McDougal, a Playboy model who says she had an affair with Trump.
The source speaking about the dinner meeting said the clear suggestion by Avenatti to Cohen was to work together against Trump.
According to the source, Cohen was stunned an