An attorney for porn star Stormy Daniels has tried to scale back expectations ahead of a highly touted interview with 60 Minutes.
‘[N]ot all of our evidence will be mentioned/displayed tonight – that would be foolish,’ lawyer Michael Avenatti tweeted ahead of Sunday night’s interview with Daniels.
He continued: ‘we are not sure what CBS will include but we know a lot from the full interview will have to be cut bc of the time allowed… tonight is not the end – it’s the beginning.’
Avenatti appended the hashtag ‘#basta’, the Italian word for ‘enough’.
Daniels has alleged in a lawsuit that she was paid $130,000 in hush money to keep quiet about an affair she claims she had with Donald Trump in 2006. He has denied the affair.
Stormy Daniels is seen speaking with Anderson Cooper for the 60 Minutes interview
Her attorney Michael Avenatti said ‘not all of our evidence will be mentioned’ in the interview
Contrary to its usual practice, CBS has not released excerpts of the interview, which will air Sunday at 7.00pm on the network’s flagship ’60 Minutes’ program.
Daniels told The Washington Post her work in adult entertainment had allowed her to develop a ‘thick skin,’ but ‘nothing could truly prepare someone for this.’
She said she ‘simply wanted to tell my personal truth and defend myself.’
Daniels has previously spoken about the affair, including in a recent post on Twitter in which she said: ‘Technically I didn’t sleep with the POTUS 12 years ago. There was no sleeping (hehe) and he was just a goofy reality TV star.’
Daniels’ lawyer, Michael Avenatti, had previously teased the interview, posting a picture on Twitter of a DVD along with the text: ‘If ‘a picture is worth a thousand words,’ how many words is this worth????? #60minutes #pleasedenyit.’
But on Sunday morning, Chris Ruddy, chief executive of the Newsmax website and a close confidant of Trump, played down its significance.
‘This is politically motivated to hurt or embarrass (President Trump) in some way… I think the American people are really dismissing this as political witch hunts,’ he told ABC News.
Former Republican senator and two-time presidential candidate Rick Santorum told CNN the situation is one the president ‘can’t win.’
‘Hopefully he will listen to people who are wise and understand that this is not a fight that he wants to participate in,’ Santorum said.
‘It’s just a matter of letting these folks say the things they have to say.’