Avenatti Said He'd 'Absolutely' Beat Trump in 2020. Now He Could Be Looking at 400-Year Prison Sentence


Not long ago, New York hotshot lawyer Michael Avenatti — who rose to fame by representing adult film star Stormy Daniels — suggested that if he ran for president in 2020 as a Democrat, he would have little trouble beating President Donald Trump.

“Yes,” Avenatti told Newsweek last year, he could “absolutely” defeat Trump.

Then he doubled down, claiming: “I think I would be his worst nightmare.”

Given recent events, which involve a growing list of criminal charges against the disgraced attorney, Avenatti’s political aspirations are in the toilet — possibly the toilet in his future prison cell, should he be convicted and sentenced.

It would be an understatement to say that Avenatti has fallen from grace after representing Daniels in her lawsuit against Trump.

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Last year, the Washington Examiner pointed out that the lawyer did a staggering 147 television interviews between between March 7 and May 15, 2018.

The media loved him. He was riding high.

Many in the establishment media just seemed to know with all their hearts that this slick lawyer would be instrumental in taking down Trump.

But it never happened. Not even close.

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Around the time that Daniels’ lawsuit was tossed out by a federal judge in March, Avenatti’s life began to take a nasty turn.

That same month, he was arrested and accused of trying to extort Nike out of millions of dollars. (Avenatti was indicted in that case this week.)

That’s not all.

“Avenatti also faces dozens of charges in southern California, where prosecutors on April 11 accused him of stealing millions of dollars from clients to pay for personal and business expenses, and lying to the Internal Revenue Service and a Mississippi bank about his finances,” Reuters reported Wednesday.

Also this week, Avenatti was indicted in the Southern District of New York, where prosecutors accused him of trying to defraud Daniels out of $300,000 in an attempt to pay his own employees and fund his lavish, luxurious lifestyle, which included a Ferrari.

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“If convicted on all charges, Avenatti could face more than 400 years in prison,” Reuters wrote.

He probably won’t get that kind of time, but given this guy’s reputation, finding a sympathetic judge might be an impossible task.

These days, even networks like CNN, who once gave him prime billing, don’t seem to be all that keen on booking Avenatti.

Imagine suggesting you could be president, only to be facing the possibility of spending the rest of your life behind bars less than a year later.

Talk about a crazy plot twist.

Don’t worry — Avenatti will make it back to prime-time and the front page eventually, but it will likely be because outlets want to report on his eventual fate, not his strategy to take the Oval Office from Trump.

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Ryan Ledendecker is a freelance journalist and writer. He began reporting news and writing commentary during the 2014 Ferguson riots. Prior to that, he worked as a web editor and columnist for an award-winning local newspaper.
Ryan Ledendecker plunged headfirst into news reporting and political commentary while on the ground during the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri. He later wrote extensively on Donald Trump's presidential campaign and election.

When he's not writing, Ryan spends time improving his barbecue skills. He has his own brand of BBQ rub and is a trophy winner in the world of competitive BBQ.
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