Michael Avenatti might still be running for the presidency in 2020 and is well-positioned in a growing Democratic field despite having recently been arrested on a domestic violence charge, the attorney said on Sunday.
According to Avenatti, the chances of a potential run have actually gone up with the arrest, not down.
Check it out, via the Daily Caller:
Attorney Michael Avenatti believes he is well positioned for a 2020 presidential bid, despite a dramatic shift in personal and professional fortunes.
In the last six weeks, Avenatti has been arrested on a domestic violence charge, broken with his star client Stephanie Clifford in a dispute over fundraising and strategy, and been referred to the Department of Justice for criminal investigation in connection with his representation of Julie Swetnick.
Avenatti responded: “I think the field is shaping up to be even more advantageous for someone like me, not less. I think my chances have only gone up, not gone down.”
According to the Daily Caller, “actress Mareli Miniutti alleges to have been dragged by the arm across the floor of his apartment.” And Avenatti thinks that helps his chances?
According to the report, the initial arrest was for a felony domestic violence charge but has since been downgraded to a misdemeanor charge. The Daily Caller also reports that Avenatti’s business relationship with former porn actress Stormy Daniels, or Stephanie Clifford, has recently hit some turbulence:
Following the arrest, Clifford revealed that Avenatti has repeatedly refused to provide an accounting of fundsexpended for her case. Clifford has relied primarily on crowdfunding measures to finance her legal representation. She went on to say that she did not authorize Avenatti to file a defamation suit against Trump, a charge which, if true, is a sanctionable offense.
As Twitchy reports, both Daniels and Avenatti clarified on social media that their business relationship has been restored.
“Pleased that Michael and I have sorted shit out and we know the accounting is on the up and up. We are going to kick a** together on two coasts tomorrow,” Daniels tweeted.
In a prior exchange, Daniels said she would drop Avenatti’s services should he be convicted for the domestic violence charge.
Besides the arrest and rocky relationship with his top client, Avenatti is also under investigation—an issue which some Democrats say affected the outcome of the 2016 presidential election. Here’s more, from the Daily Caller:
Avenatti also faces scrutiny for his representation of Swetnick, whose allegations of sexual misconduct against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh became increasingly inconsistent and contradictory. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley asked the Justice Department and the FBI to investigate the matter on Oct. 25.
His letter alleges that Avenatti and Swetnick engaged in “a potential conspiracy to provide materially false statements to Congress and obstruct a congressional committee investigation.” Both deny the charge.
Here’s even more on Avenatti’s toil, from Politico:
Michael Avenatti’s cable TV bookings have dwindled. He was uninvited from one prominent Democratic event and skipped out on another. Now his highest-profile client is bringing new allegations against him.
In just a matter of weeks, Avenatti’s fortunes have taken a nosedive, rapidly downshifting him from 2020 presidential prospect to political pariah.
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After a domestic violence arrest in Los Angeles and a public rift with his porn star client Stormy Daniels over fees and legal strategy, even some of his most loyal supporters are questioning whetherhe can survive the latest round of challenges and remain a viable candidate.
“As a friend, I’m concerned about him. When I call him to say ‘Hey, how you doing?’ It’s pretty obvious he’s going through a pretty rough time now,” said David Betras, a Democratic county chairman in Youngstown, Ohio, and one of Avenatti’s earliest political backers. “I’m more worried about these pending charges. Domestic abuse? That’s pretty bad for a run for president.”