During a Friday interview on MSNBC's Morning Joe, Stormy Daniels' attorney Michael Avenatti said the adult film actress has received threats to her physical well-being, though he declined to say from whom the threats originated.
Towards the end of a 12-minute interview on MSNBC’s Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski asked if Daniels, whose given name is Stephanie Clifford, “had been threatened in any way”.
Avenatti said: “Yes.”
Brzezinski then asked: “Was she threatened with physical harm?”
Avenatti replied: “Yes.”
He declined to answer ensuing questions about whether Clifford’s life had been threatened or if the president had issued any of the threats.
“I’m not at liberty to discuss it,” Avenatti said. “You can ask it 17 different ways. I’ll give you the same answer.”
Avenatti did say that details of both the threats and the alleged 2006 affair between Clifford and President Donald Trump would be made public with the airing of Clifford's 60 Minutes interview later this month.
Trump has consistently denied having an affair with Clifford, and the White House shed no additional light on the matter following Avenatti's claim that Clifford received threats:
The first question at Friday’s White House press briefing was about the claim that Daniels had been physically threatened to stay silent and whether Trump was concerned.
Press secretary Sarah Sanders said: “Obviously we take the safety and security of any person seriously, certainly would condemn anyone threatening any individual, but I have no knowledge of that situation and would refer you to the president’s outside personal attorneys.”