Michael Avenatti has made quite a few headlines lately, but not for the right reasons. The disgraced Democrat, who previously represented adult film star Stormy Daniels in her failed lawsuit against President Donald Trump, is facing criminal charges from two clients amid allegations of fraud.
And now, Avenatti says he is still considering a 2020 presidential run. This is perfect news for President Trump, who would have a field day running against someone who is likely on the verge of going to prison.
During an interview with CNBC, Avenatti was asked about his back-and-forth commentary about running for president.
Back in December, Avenatti said he was not running.
In March, the Creepy Porn Lawyer was arrested and charged with a $20 million extortion scheme against Nike. Avenatti has also been accused of committing bank fraud and embezzlement charges.
Then, a few weeks after that, Daniels disavowed Avenatti after allegations that he stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from her.
Now, Avenatti says he’s considering a run for the presidency.
“Never say never,” Avenatti told CNBC when asked about whether he would enter the race. “The Dems need a non-traditional fighter. They have a lot of talent but not a lot of fighters.”
“I am increasingly concerned that the Dems don’t have the right fighter to go toe to toe with Trump,” he added. “And the future of the republic and our way of life is on the line. He is a brawler who has no bounds. The Dems need a guy who can match him punch for punch. I may be that guy.”
“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,” he said.
Avenatti told CNBC he thinks his chances of entering the race are 50/50.
In reality, the chances of him going to prison are also around 50/50.
Aside from Trump loving the idea of taking Avenatti to the woodshed and exposing him for being a total fraud, the Creepy Porn Lawyer is facing some very serious charges.
In May, prosecutors said Avenatti stole “a significant portion” of an advance Daniels was supposed to receive from a book deal by sending a doctored letter with Daniels’ signature to her literary agent that instructed the agent to divert the money to an account controlled by Avenatti.
Avenatti allegedly spent $148,750 that he stole from Daniels “on airfare, hotels, car services, restaurants and meal delivery, online retailers, payroll for his law firm and another business he owned, and insurance.”
While all of this was going on, he was accused of trying to extort Nike for millions.
In April, a federal grand jury brought a 36 count indictment against Avenatti for a wide variety of crimes including fraud and perjury.
Not only did Avenatti steal money from five clients, but one client was a mentally ill paraplegic who won $4 million in a settlement. Avenatti wired the money to himself and kept it hidden from the mentally ill man for multiple years.
Earlier this year, Avenatti was arrested over domestic violence allegations. He was later released from jail and no charges have been filed against him, but the allegations from his former alleged girlfriend are very serious.
Before that, he was ordered to pay $4.85 million to his former law firm partner who he refused to pay for years.
This guy thinks he has a chance to win the Democratic nomination and take on Trump in the general election.