Anti-Trump lawyer, and former regular CNN contributor and 2020 Democrat hopeful Michael Avenatti is facing another round of charges, this time involving his former client Stormy Daniels.
You’ll recall that both CNN and MSNBC heavily promoted Michael Avenatti and gave a platform to his outspoken anti-Trump views.
Congratulations to the national media for all your great work in elevating yet another serial fraudster, Michael Avenatti, for no reason other than he dished out constant anti-Trump red meat
— Michael Tracey (@mtracey) May 22, 2019
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"I am just dying to hear what you think"
Friendly reminder of who made Michael Avenatti and took him seriously pic.twitter.com/FRgXFLtWV0
— Elizabeth Harrington (@LizRNC) May 22, 2019
CNN’s Brian Stelter was on the record considering Avenatti a “serious” 2020 contender.
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CNN's Brian Stelter last year on Michael Avenatti running for president: "And looking ahead to 2020, one reason I’m taking you seriously as a contender is because of your presence on cable news.” pic.twitter.com/2Wn2bX17kx
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) May 22, 2019
The LA Times is reporting that Avenatti was indicted Wednesday on charges of stealing from his former client Stormy Daniels by skimming money from her deal to write a memoir detailing her alleged sexual affair with Donald Trump.
It was the third time in two months that federal prosecutors have charged the celebrity attorney with criminal wrongdoing. Daniels is the sixth Avenatti client whom prosecutors say he defrauded.
Disgraced television lawyer and resistance paragon Michael Avenatti was charged Wednesday for defrauding his former client, pornographic actress Stormy Daniels.
Federal prosecutors in New York City said Avenatti used a doctored document to divert about $300,000 that Daniels was supposed to get from a book deal, then used the money for personal and business expenses. Only half of that money was paid back, according to prosecutors. While Daniels isn’t named in the court filing, the details of the case make it clear that she is the client involved in the case.
Shortly after the charges were announced, Avenatti took to social media to deny any wrongdoing.
“No monies relating to Ms. Daniels were ever misappropriated or mishandled. She received millions of dollars worth of legal services and we spent huge sums in expenses. She directly paid only $100.00 for all that she received. I look forward to a jury hearing the evidence,” he tweeted. He has since locked his Twitter account.
Avenatti rocketed to fame representing Daniels when she sued to be released from a non-disclosure agreement involving an alleged tryst with President Donald Trump before he entered politics.