Michael Avenatti Touts Himself as 'Effective Fighter' For Beating Trump in 2020
Embattled lawyer flirts with a possible presidential bid
Disgraced celebrity lawyer Michael Avenatt is flirting with a potential 2020 presidential bid after telling CNBC he is “one of the few effective fighters” in the Democratic Party.
Speaking to CNBC Friday on the subject of running for 2020, Avenatt said:
“Never say never."
“The Dems need a non-traditional fighter. They have a lot of talent but not a lot of fighters.”
Avenatti said the odds of him running against President Donald Trump in 2020 is 50-50.
He added he will make a final decision in the next few months, according to CNBC.
“I don’t think I need to make a final decision for a number of months. I have the name ID, and everyone knows I’m one of the few effective fighters that the Dems have,” said Avenatti.
Last year, Avenatti announced he wasn't running for president, but said his family opposed a presidential bid.
In April, l Avenatti was indicted on 36 counts of various charges.
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The embattled "Creepy Porn Lawyer" was hit with 36 counts of fraud, perjury, failure to pay taxes, embezzlement, theft from a client, and other financial crimes by a federal grand jury in Santa Ana, California.
One of attorney Avenneti's alleged victims is Geoffrey Ernest Johnson, who is a mentally ill paraplegic living on a disability allowance who won a $4 million settlement of a suit against Los Angeles County.
According to the indictment, the money was wired to Avenatti in January 2015, but he hid the funds from Johnson for years.
According to the LA Times, in 2017, Avenatti received $2.75 million in proceeds from another client’s legal settlement, but concealed that too, the indictment says.
The next day, he put $2.5 million of that money into the purchase of a private jet for Passport 420, LLC, a company he effectively owned, according to prosecutors.