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There’s little more irritating than sort-of-sexy legal zaddy Michael Avenatti, who’s currently representing Stormy Daniels, skirting around the issue of whether or not a scandalous $1.6 million in hush money—negotiated by Michael Cohen and paid to a pregnant Playboy model seeking an abortion in exchange for her silence—was actually made on behalf of Donald Trump.

Appearing on Morning Joe to discuss Cohen (Trump’s personal lawyer who’s currently being investigated for bank fraud and campaign finance violations), Avenatti asked co-host Mika Brzezinski to name Cohen’s three clients. She responded with the widely-reported names of Donald Trump, Fox News’ Sean Hannity, and Republican donor Elliot Broidy. But, per my steely-eyed paramour, that is incorrect.

“No, no, no,” he said to a skeptical panel. “Mr. Trump, the Trump organization, and Sean Hannity. Mr. Broidy was not disclosed in open court as one of Michael Cohen’s clients.”

Ooooh. But also...huh?

What does this mean? What is he implying? My good friends Mika and Joe were wondering the same thing and so my boyfriend pressed on:

I think at some point we are going to find out, if in fact, the client in connection with the [$1.6 million] settlement was, in fact, Mr. Broidy. I’m going to leave it at that.

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Gasp! Choke! Zut alors! The $1.6 million payout has been assumed to be on behalf of Broidy was NOT actually on behalf of Broidy! At least I think that’s what he’s saying. He definitely wants us to believe it’s what he’s saying, though infuriatingly, he will not confirm.

“Every time [Cohen] talks, our case gets better,” Avenatti said with a smile. Listen, babe—can you do me a favor and just SAY WHAT YOU ARE TRYING TO SAY. Thank you!