New York attorney Michael Avenatti has bowed out of the 2020 presidential race, he said in a statement on Tuesday.
The lawyer, who continues to represent Stormy Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford), said he would not be pursuing a run for the Democratic nomination to oppose President Trump after consulting with his own family.
“After consultation with my family and at their request, I have decided not to seek the Presidency of the United States in 2020,” Avenatti said in the statement. “I do not make this decision lightly — I make it out of respect for my family. But for their concerns, I would run.”
According to the statement, Avenatti will continue with his lawsuit against the President.
“I will continue to represent Stormy Daniels and others against Donald Trump and his cronies and will not rest until Trump is removed from office, and our Republic and its values are restored,” the New York attorney continued. “I will also continue with my nearly twenty years of speaking truth to power and representing those who need an advocate against the powerful.”
Avenatti, who is also in a legal fight over a domestic violence charge, ended his statement with an appeal to the greater Democrat Party and said he hopes they nominate someone who is “battle tested” and said they “will not prevail without a fighter.”
“I remain concerned that the Democratic Party will move toward nominating an individual who might make an exceptional president but has no chance of actually beating Donald Trump,” the statement concluded. “The Party must immediately recognize that many of the likely candidates are not battltested (sic) and have no real chance at winning. We will not prevail in 2020 without a fighter. I remain hopeful the party finds one.”
As the Daily Wire reports, Avenatti has found himself in some personal troubles as he was recently arrested for the domestic violence charge and he may have filed a defamation suit for Daniels without her consent, which would be malpractice. Avenatti’s law firm similarly found themselves suffering some turbulence as they were forced to shell out $5 million to a former attorney and were evicted from their office building.
Michael Avenatti was propelled to national fame by representing porn star Stormy Daniels, who says she had a one-night affair with Trump. His most egregious contribution to the political scene came during the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation battle when he represented a woman who alleged the former Yale grad ran a gang-rape ring in high school without providing a single piece of evidence.
Daniels spoke with the Daily Beast concerning the defamation lawsuit, where she said Avenatti acted without her consent: “He has spoken on my behalf without my approval. He filed a defamation case against Donald Trump against my wishes. He repeatedly refused to tell me how my legal defense fund was being spent. Now he has launched a new crowdfunding campaign using my face and name without my permission and attributing words to me that I never wrote or said.”
Avenatti’s decision to pull his name from nomination consideration comes just days after he said, despite the legal and potentially criminal trouble, his chances had gone up for a potential run.
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.”