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Avenatti: Any Gag Order Against Me Must Also Silence Trump

Michael Avenatti, the lawyer for the porn star Stormy Daniels, has responded to a bid to end his string of media appearances by saying any gag order against him must also apply to Donald Trump. A lawyer for Trump’s longtime personal attorney, Michael Cohen, has sought to shut down Avenatti’s near-constant public commentary about a suit Daniels filed attempting to invalidate the notorious hush-money deal that Cohen arranged. Avenatti is fighting the effort, but said if it went forward it will have to apply to the president and his legal team. “The order must go both ways by extending to all parties… and all counsel (whether of record in this matter or otherwise),” Avenatti wrote in a filing Monday. “Any other gag order imposed in the case would be manifestly one-sided and unjust, especially in light of the insults and attacks made against” his client Daniels, he added. Avenatti’s response also quoted a series of disparaging comments Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani made about Daniels in recent weeks.