Asked why his lawyer Michael Cohen made the payment, Mr Trump said: "You'll have to ask Michael".
Minutes after the screenshots containing McNally's numbers were published, Avenatti deleted them and reposted the same tweet with the numbers blacked out.
Avenatti published documents last week that showed Cohen had set up a corporation where he received money from AT&T, Swiss drug company Novartis and other companies and individuals.
"Given the dearth of legal or factual support relating to anything having to do with Mr. Avenatti's right to advocate on behalf of his client in this court, Mr. Cohen's argument's must be summarily rejected", the memo stated. Much of the information in the document, which appeared to be based on information in Cohen's bank records, was soon confirmed by major news outlets.
But Avenatti's revelations left some legal observers wondering what exactly they have to do with his efforts to free Daniels from the non-disclosure deal she says was improperly executed, or to intervene in the criminal proceedings against Cohen now underway in Manhattan.
The firm, Essential Consultants LLC, is the same one Cohen used to pay US$130,000 to Daniels, as part of an agreement to keep her from talking publicly about her claim that she had sex with Trump in 2006.
Daniels sued Cohen and Trump to get out of the agreement, and on defamation claims over various things both have said about her and the hush agreement in the press and on Twitter. Ryan wrote that Avenatti "has no lawful basis to possess" the records, and that several of the transactions in Avenatti's document actually involved different Michael Cohens living in Israel and Canada.
Avenatti said Cohen's belief that Avenatti broke the law by publishing Cohen's banking information is misguided.
Avenatti went on to argue that he had a First Amendment right to make public information about Cohen, himself a public figure, in matters "that are, without dispute, of the utmost public concern". "She might say, I just can't have you in my case".
In an interview with MSNBC Monday, Avenatti said he released the information about Cohen because "people should have the truth, the whole truth".
During a hearing earlier this month, Avenatti told Wood he would seek to have Clifford intervene in the proceedings, stating that potentially privileged communications between her former attorney, Keith Davidson, and Cohen may be among those seized by the government.