President Trump's personal attorney, Michael Cohen, accused the lawyer for adult film star Stormy Daniels Wednesday of making false accusations of "likely" bank fraud against him -- claiming that some of the supposed evidence involved the wrong Michael Cohen.
In a letter to U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood, who is overseeing proceedings in a federal criminal investigation of Cohen, attorneys Stephen Ryan and Todd Harrison accused Avenatti of publishing "numerous incorrect statements to the public in an apparent attempt to prejudice and discredit Mr. Cohen."
On Tuesday, Avenatti alleged that Cohen used a company he established weeks before the 2016 election to receive the payments from a variety of businesses — including $500,000 from one associated with a Russian billionaire.
In the letter to Wood on Wednesday, Cohen's attorneys claimed that Avenetti had incorrectly linked at least five wire transfers to their client. In two cases, they said the money was received by different Michael Cohens -- one residing in Canada and another in Israel.
"Mr. Avenatti’s conduct in somehow obtaining random bank records and publishing them without proper concern for their accuracy is extremely troubling for the parties in this case, the Court, and the public," Ryan and Harrison wrote.
Avenatti responded on Twitter late Wednesday saying the letter by Cohen's attorneys was "baseless, improper and sanctionable.