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  • Michael Avenatti is mulling a run for president again after declaring he would not seek nomination

    08/03/2019 11:50:36 AM PDT · by McGruff · 48 replies
    CNBC ^ | 8/3/2019 | Brian Schwartz
    Michael Avenatti, who in the past represented porn star Stormy Daniels against the likes of President Donald Trump and his then fixer Michael Cohen, told CNBC late on Friday that he is yet again contemplating entering the expansive 2020 field of candidates. He later noted that the odds of him getting into the race are at 50/50 and he could make his decision in a few months. As he’s watched the almost two dozen candidates square off in the primary debates, Avenatti says he continues to believe Democrats don’t have the fighter that can take on Trump come the general...
  • After Plagiarism Scandal, Biden Rips Off Avenatti’s Campaign Slogan. Avenatti Responds.

    06/12/2019 7:25:41 AM PDT · by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies · 16 replies ^ | June 11, 2019 | Ryan Saavedra
    After Plagiarism Scandal, Biden Rips Off Avenatti’s Campaign Slogan. Avenatti Responds. Fresh off his latest plagiarism scandal, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden ripped off indicted lawyer Michael Avenatti's proposed campaign slogan on Tuesday, which spurred reaction online, including from Avenatti. During a campaign stop in Iowa, Biden said: "I think it's time, you know, [Trump] says, 'let's Make America Great Again,' let's make America America again." People immediately noticed that Biden's remarks were an exact match for the campaign slogan that Avenatti had proposed using for his campaign before he encountered legal problems and decided not to run for office....
  • The Latest: Avenatti calls Trump the 'ultimate goliath'

    05/29/2019 1:28:24 AM PDT · by Libloather · 31 replies
    AP via Yahoo ^ | 5/28/19
    NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on court appearances by embattled attorney Michael Avenatti (all times local): 4:20 p.m. Attorney Michael Avenatti has emerged from a New York courthouse to say he's facing the fight of his life "against the ultimate goliath, the Trump administration." **SNIP** Earlier in the day, he pleaded not guilty through his lawyer in a case accusing him of cheating porn star Stormy Daniels out of about $300,000 from a book deal. Then, he announced four separate times that he was "100% not guilty" when a judge asked him to answer each charge in a case...
  • Michael Avenatti's bad day: Disgraced lawyer to face not 1, but 2 arraignments

    05/27/2019 4:15:23 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 24 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 27, 2019 | Samuel Chamberlain
    Embattled attorney Michael Avenatti will have a busy day in Manhattan federal court Tuesday -- but as a defendant, not as counsel. Avenatti, 49, is scheduled to be arraigned on charges that he tried to extort up to $25 million from athletic apparel giant Nike by threatening to expose claims that the shoemaker paid off high school basketball players to steer them to Nike-sponsored colleges. He also is scheduled to be arraigned on charges that he stole nearly $300,000 from adult film actress Stormy Daniels, the client who rocketed him to national prominence. In the Nike case, Avenatti is charged...
  • Trump critic Avenatti indicted for ripping off Stormy Daniels, extorting Nike

    05/22/2019 2:21:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    KFGO-FM ^ | May 22, 2019 | Jonathan Stempel, Reuters
    Michael Avenatti's legal troubles escalated on Wednesday as federal prosecutors announced new criminal charges accusing the lawyer and prominent critic of U.S. President Donald Trump of stealing from porn star Stormy Daniels and extorting Nike Inc. Prosecutors accused Avenatti, 48, of stealing about $300,000 from Daniels, about half of which has not been repaid, after helping his former client secure a book contract. They also said he has been indicted on previously announced charges that he tried to blackmail Nike out of more than $20 million by threatening to expose what he called the athletic wear company's improper payments to...
  • Michael Avenatti hires lawyer to defend him in federal fraud case

    05/15/2019 1:51:53 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 25 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 15, 2019 | Lee Ross
    A day after a federal judge rejected Michael Avenatti's request to be represented by a public defender, the embattled attorney announced Wednesday that he had hired his own private counsel for his trial on charges that he defrauded clients, a bank and the federal government. Avenatti appeared for a short hearing in Santa Ana, Calif., federal court alongside Dean Steward, whom Avenatti called an “incredibly well qualified” lawyer. On Tuesday, Avenatti filed paperwork asking to formally establish an attorney-client relationship with the federal public defender's office. That request was denied without explanation by U.S. District Judge James V. Selna. The...
  • Judge rejects public defender for Avenatti in fraud case

    05/14/2019 6:10:46 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 20 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 14, 2019 | Brian Melley - AP
    LOS ANGELES — A federal judge Tuesday rejected attorney Michael Avenatti’s request for a public defender to represent him in a case alleging he stole millions of dollars from clients, cheated on his taxes and committed bank fraud. Judge James Selna denied the request without providing a reason on the eve of Avenatti’s appearance in U.S. District Court in Santa Ana, California, on the issue of who will represent him.
  • Michael Avenatti pleads not guilty in federal wire, bank fraud case

    04/29/2019 11:41:15 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 13 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 29, 2019 | Lucia I. Suarez Sang
    Michael Avenatti, the former attorney for porn actress Stormy Daniels, pleaded not guilty Monday to federal charges that he allegedly stole millions of dollars from his clients, failed to pay taxes and lied in bankruptcy cases. The 48-year-old Avenatti, who was indicted earlier this month on 36 counts including wire and bank fraud, appeared in federal court for an arraignment in Santa Ana, California on Monday. Asked to enter a plea, Avenatti told the judge, "Not guilty to all charges." The trial is set to begin on June 25 with a status hearing scheduled for June 15. Prosecutors accused Avenatti...
  • Michael Avenatti still looking for lawyer in Nike extortion case

    04/26/2019 7:20:28 PM PDT · by Libloather · 31 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 4/26/19 | Stephen Rex Brown
    **SNIP** The loud-mouthed litigator threatened he would go public with allegations the company secretly paid college basketball recruits, prosecutors said when he was charged in March. “The defendant seeks additional time to retain counsel to engage with the government,” Magistrate Judge Henry Pitman wrote. “A suit and tie doesn’t mask the fact that at its core, this was an old-fashioned shakedown,” Manhattan U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman said when Avenatti was busted in New York last month.
  • Former Stormy Daniels attorney Michael Avenatti backs Biden: 'He has my enthusiastic support'

    04/25/2019 10:40:37 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 57 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 25, 2019 | Jessica Chasmar
    Michael Avenatti, the former lawyer for porn star Stormy Daniels who is facing a 36-count federal indictment, threw his support behind former Vice President Joe Biden in the 2020 Democratic primary. Mr. Avenatti on Thursday tweeted his “enthusiastic support” for Mr. Biden several hours after the former vice president formally announced his third bid for the presidency.
  • Avenatti embezzled millions meant for Hassan Whiteside’s ex: report

    04/21/2019 1:18:30 PM PDT · by conservative98 · 30 replies
    NY Post ^ | April 21, 2019 | 3:42pm | Aaron Feis
    Lightning-rod lawyer Michael Avenatti is accused of embezzling nearly $2 million that he was supposed to give to a client to settle her suit against NBA-player ex Hassan Whiteside, blowing the funds on a private jet, a report said Sunday. The Miami Heat hoopster had wired $2.75 million to Avenatti in January 2017, intending it to cover the bulk of his $3 million settlement with former flame Alexis Gardner, who was repped by Avenatti, The Los Angeles Times reported, citing court filings. Avenatti was entitled to keep a roughly $1 million cut to cover his legal fees but instead allegedly...
  • Prosecutors in California say Michael Avenatti facing 333 year prison sentence

    04/11/2019 3:02:55 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 30 replies
    Global News ^ | April 11, 2019 | Staff
    Prosecutors in California say attorney Michael Avenatti is has been indicted on charges related to 36 crimes and is facing a maximum sentence of 333 years.
  • Michael Avenatti charged with 36 counts: Embezzlement, fraud, cheating on taxes

    04/11/2019 8:49:12 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 47 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 11, 2019 | Brian Melley - AP
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Attorney Michael Avenatti has been charged in a 36-count federal indictment alleging he stole millions of dollars from clients, did not pay his taxes, committed bank fraud and lied in bankruptcy proceedings. Avenatti, 48, was indicted late Wednesday by a Southern California grand jury on a raft of additional charges following his arrest last month in New York on two related counts and for allegedly trying to shake down Nike for up to $25 million. The attorney best known for representing porn actress Stormy Daniels in lawsuits against President Trump said Thursday on Twitter that he...
  • Feds seize $4.5 million Avenatti plane amid tax scandal

    04/10/2019 3:35:35 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 34 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 10, 2019 | William La Jeunesse, Paulina Dedaj
    Videos at link. LOS ANGELES – Embattled lawyer Michael Avenatti was the subject of a federal warrant Wednesday that resulted in the seizure of his private jet, worth about $4.5 million. A U.S. Attorney’s Office spokesman, Thom Mrozek, confirmed to Fox News that federal agents seized a Honda HA-420 twin-engine jet from Santa Barbara Airport about 10 a.m. after a federal judge issued a warrant. The plane was originally scheduled to be flown Wednesday to Orange County on Avenatti's behalf, but pilots had to file a new flight plan to San Bernardino County. The six-seat business jet was flown by...
  • Michael Avenatti Met With Prosecutors for Seagram Heiress (Bronfman) in NXIVM Case

    03/27/2019 2:39:00 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 27 replies
    Vulture ^ | 2-27-2019 | Victoria Bekiempis
    Clare Bronfman, the Seagram liquor heiress charged alongside NXIVM leader Keith Raniere and Smallville actress Allison Mack in the infamous sex-cult case, nearly fell in court Wednesday during a dramatic proceeding in which it was revealed that disgraced celebrity lawyer Michael Avenatti had negotiated with prosecutors on her behalf. Bronfman was asked by Brooklyn federal court judge Nicholas G. Garaufis whether Avenatti was now one of her attorneys. She presently counts Mark Geragos, who is reportedly an unindicted co-conspirator in Avenatti’s extortion case with Nike, among her lawyers. “It is now the court’s understanding that she has an additional attorney...
  • Michael Avenatti tries to take down Nike even after extortion bust

    03/26/2019 10:08:40 AM PDT · by conservative98 · 19 replies
    NY Post ^ | March 26, 2019 | 11:52am | Lia Eustachewich
    Michael Avenatti is accusing Nike of running a “diversion charade” and paying off prominent college and pro hoops stars on Tuesday — a day after the lawyer was federally charged in an alleged $20 million extortion plot. The brash attorney went on the attack in a series of morning tweets — but didn’t offer any solid evidence to back up his claims.
  • Attorney Mark Geragos FIRED BY CNN After He Was Named Co-Conspirator in Avenatti Criminal Complaint

    03/25/2019 4:40:08 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 46 replies
    Gateway ^ | 3-26-2019 | Christina Laila
    CNN cut ties with celebrity attorney Mark Geragos on Monday after he was named as a co-conspirator in Michael Avenatti’s criminal complaint. Mark Geragos regularly appeared on CNN as a legal analyst, however a spox for the network confirmed on Monday that Geragos is no longer a contributor.
  • Flashback: Michael Avenatti Made 108 Appearances on CNN, MSNBC in Two-Month Period

    03/25/2019 12:33:04 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 15 replies
    breitbart ^ | 3-25-19
    Disgraced television lawyer Michael Avenatti ― who was arrested Monday for a series of alleged financial crimes ― made dozens of appearances on CNN and MSNBC in a 64-day period last year, turning the anti-Trump personality into a “resistance” folk hero, according to a report. U.S. prosecutors have charged Avenatti with extortion and bank and wire fraud. A spokesman for the U.S. attorney in Los Angeles said Avenatti was arrested Monday in New York. Spokesman Ciaran McEvoy said the lawyer best known for representing porn actress Stormy Daniels in lawsuits against President Donald Trump faces federal charges in New York...
  • Michael Avenatti arrested for alleged $20 million extortion attempt against Nike

    03/25/2019 10:15:24 AM PDT · by SpeedyInTexas · 112 replies
    CNBC ^ | 03/25/2019 | Dan Mangan
    Celebrity lawyer Michael Avenattii has been arrested on charges related to an alleged $20 million extortion of the athletic apparel company Nike, federal authorities said Monday. A press conference is scheduled to discuss the charges against Avenatti in Los Angeles on Monday afternoon. Avenatti had represented porn star Stormy Daniels in her lawsuit against President Donald Trump and his former lawyer Michael Cohen. The charges were revealed less than an hour after Avenatti announced a press conference to discuss claims against Nike.
  • IRS Intelligence Analyst John Fry Charged With Leaking Cohen Financial Records to Creepy Porn Lawyer

    02/21/2019 5:15:41 PM PST · by detective · 24 replies
    Conservative Treehouse ^ | February 21, 2019 | sundance
    You might remember back in May 2018 when sketchy porn lawyer Michael Avenetti was releasing U.S. Treasury notifications on Michael Cohen received from an unknown source within the Treasury Department. You might also remember when New Yorker’s Ronan Farrow wrote a sympathetic article after talking to the leaking treasury official. As a result the Treasury Inspector General began an investigation. John C. Fry, 54, was an intelligence analyst with the IRS’s law enforcement arm in San Francisco. According to the North California U.S. Attorney’s Office (full pdf below) after searching for IRS activity reports related to Michael Cohen, Mr. Fry...