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Michael Avenatti: Stormy Daniels owes me $2 million for my excellent legal work

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Attorney Michael Avenatti is demanding his former client Stormy Daniels pay up for all of his excellent representation over the years. He claims she owes him $2 million for all of his hard work. From NBC News:

Avenatti, who represented the adult film actress in legal action against Donald Trump, filed a lien claim in an Ohio federal court Wednesday that says Daniels owes him more than $2,000,000 for legal services, costs and expenses…

In his lien filing, Avenatti said, “Despite repeated demands that Ms. Daniels fulfill her contractual obligations and pay for the millions of dollars in legal fees and costs she has enjoyed for her benefit over the last approximate 19 months, including in this case, she has refused.”

The Daily Beast has more about the sad state of Michael Avenatti:

Avenatti’s lawsuit this week alleges the initial February 2018 retainer agreement he made with Daniels was for “$100 up-front payment,” prompting his firm to spend “thousands of attorney and staff hours, and a significant out-of-pocket-expenses.” During his retention, Avenatti said he bailed Daniels out of jail “following her arrest in Columbus Ohio in July 2018” after a strip-club brawl and led the “successful efforts” to have the charges dropped.

“Despite the significance of his work, Ms. Daniels has yet to directly pay a single dollar to Mr. Avenatti or Avenatti & Associates, APC for their legal services beyond the $100.00 she initially paid back in 2018,” the suit states. “Ms. Daniels is required to pay her lawyers.”

Avenatti never complained about the money back when he was appearing on CNN and MSNBC once or twice a day for months on end. If you could add up the value of all that media time it would surely exceed $2 million. But, alas, Avenatti has fallen on hard times. In March he was arrested and charged with attempting to extort $25 million from Nike. Then in April he was hit with a 36-count indictment in California which accused him of embezzling money from a settlement paid to a disabled client. In May there were reports that he was about to be charged for embezzling $300k from Stormy Daniels. And in June the California State Bar moved to suspend his law license.

As a result of all of this, the poor man has lost his Ferrari and his private jet. This is really a sad story, I guess. And yet, somehow I don’t feel bad about any of it. I think Glenn Greenwald sums up “Resistance dreamboat” Avenatti’s latest claim pretty well here:

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Jerry Nadler and Company Take Formal Steps Toward Their Impeachment Delusion

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Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, joined at left by, Rep. Val Demings, D-Fla., Rep. Bradley Schneider, D-Ill., and Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., prepare to walk out of the hearing room briefly after waiting Republican members of the committee to arrive more than an hour after the scheduled start time for a markup session, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 26, 2018. The panel was meeting on their months-long standoff with the Justice Department on the request by the Republican-controlled committee for documents related to the origins of the FBI’s Russia investigation and the handling of its probe into Democrat Hillary Clinton’s emails. Democrats charge the subpoena undermines special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into the Trump campaign’s Russia ties and whether there was obstruction of justice. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

The beat goes on for Democrats in the House who hold the delusion that impeachment of President Trump is possible, or even proper.

Jerry Nadler, famous for wearing his pants up to his chin and making a clown of himself and his committee, pushed through a formal opening of an “impeachment investigation.”

The House Judiciary Committee approved Thursday a resolution that outlines the rules and scope for its impeachment inquiry into President Trump. The 24-17 vote was along party lines.

Why it matters: It’s the committee’s first vote on an action related to its ongoing impeachment probe and grants House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) wide-ranging powers moving forward.

What this actually is, as I’ve shared before, is Nadler wanting to have his cake and eat it to. And the dude loves cake.

As I shared back in July (see Jerry Nadler and Company With Stealth Impeachment In Bizarre Gambit), what Nadler wants to do is hold the power that comes with formal articles of impeachment while not actually succeeding into getting those passed. He wants the special privileges when it comes to discovery and subpoenas without having to take the political risk that should accompany that.

To do that, he’s changed the rules, deeming his new game an “impeachment inquiry.”

Details: The resolution allows Nadler the ability to brand hearings as impeachment hearings and designate hearings related to the probe to either the full committee or a subcommittee. It also gives committee staff an additional hour to question witnesses and deems all information gathered in the probe private until Nadler says otherwise.

  • It stipulates that Trump’s legal counsel is able to review and respond in writing to impeachment-related evidence only on Nadler’s invitation.
  • The scope of the inquiry includes Trump’s potential violations of the emoluments clause, hush money payments used to cover up alleged affairs and his alleged attempts to obstruct justice in former special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Nadler doesn’t even want to let Trump’s legal team respond to or see the any evidence without his invitation, which he’ll no doubt withhold when it’s politically expedient.

The “violations” are nonsense. Multiple courts have already ruled that Trump is not in violation of the emoluments clause. Past courts have also ruled that it is not a violation as long as a fair market value is being paid for the product (in this case, hotel rooms).

The hush money stuff never made any sense. It did not occur while Trump was President, therefore the House has no oversight role there. The payments, while not good, clearly didn’t constitute an isolated campaign expenditure either because 1) they didn’t use campaign funds and 2) Trump has been paying off people for decades. A former FEC commissioner has pointed this out and Democrats just can’t seem to get it. If you want a full explainer, see this link.

The obstruction of justice stuff is also going absolutely nowhere for reasons which have been articulated many times. Namely that even Mueller couldn’t make the case to actually recommend charges and that it is not obstruction of justice to get mad on Twitter (which formed a large basis of Mueller’s obstruction insinuations). No one can cite a single precedent to show that. It is also not obstruction to fire a subordinate you have constitutional authority to fire. Comey, McCabe, and Mueller all said the President took zero actions to hamper their investigation.

The idea that any of those three areas is going lead impeachment of Donald Trump is pure fantasy. The idea that the public will tolerate it is even less likely.

This is a complete waste of time, which has become the norm for the Democratic House.

The post Jerry Nadler and Company Take Formal Steps Toward Their Impeachment Delusion appeared first on RedState.

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Nadler’s next strategy: Sex sells, baby

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Now that Robert Mueller’s report turned into a legal and popular dud, what will House Judiciary chair Jerrold Nadler do to push Donald Trump out of office? Nadler needs an investigation that will grab voters’ attention — and nothing sells like sex, baby. Even if it’s just the stale aftertaste of a scandal that didn’t produce any bombshells except for perjury the first time around, it seems:

House Democrats plan to make President Trump’s alleged involvement in a 2016 scheme to silence two women who claimed they had affairs with him a major investigative focus this fall, picking up where federal prosecutors left off in a case legal experts say could have led to additional indictments.

The House Judiciary Committee is preparing to hold hearings and call witnesses involved in hush-money payments to ex-Playboy model Karen McDougal and adult-film star Stormy Daniels as soon as October, according to people familiar with the plans who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe internal discussions.

Democrats say they believe there is already enough evidence to name Trump as a co-conspirator in the episode that resulted in his former attorney, Michael Cohen, pleading guilty to two campaign finance charges.

This again? Even Robert Mueller didn’t take this one seriously. Neither did the Southern District of New York, where Mueller kicked the case after realizing that Michael Cohen was not nearly as valuable a witness as he claimed. It’s not illegal to reach settlements to keep affairs quiet, even if it is unseemly — and even if it did blow up in Trump’s face. Federal prosecutors who had every motive to make a case against Trump didn’t find one to make, as the Post notes, even though Trump did get a supporting role in Cohen’s indictment as “Individual-1.”

At best, this is a campaign-finance case and a weak one at that, Paul Mirengoff argues at Power Line. It’s an FEC issue, not an impeachment issue:

The payments predate Trump’s presidency. Is it a “high crime and misdemeanor” for a candidate to buy the silence of someone who has damaging information about him? I don’t think so. At worst, it’s a technical violation of campaign finance law, and I doubt it even amounts to that.

But why let this stand in the way of sexy hearings? Stormy Daniels and the ex-Playboy model might be able to attract media attention and draw viewers to hearings that otherwise hardly anyone would watch.

Might their testimony harm Trump’s image? I doubt there’s anyone left in America who thinks Trump is above having sex with attractive women. I also doubt that any potential Trump voter would fail to understand his effort to keep such matters out of the public’s eye during a presidential election campaign. But maybe Trump will take a minor hit if Daniels testifies that her sexual encounter with Trump occurred not long after his wife had given birth.

As for the alleged campaign finance violation, we’re back to yawn inducing.

Mirengoff misses the biggest problem for Nadler and Democrats in pushing this probe. It will necessarily make Cohen their star witness. Need we remind readers that Cohen’s presently living at Club Fed for committing perjury? In his previous testimony before Congress, no less? Democrats got ripped earlier this year for bringing Cohen back for more testimony after his conviction for providing false information to Congress, at which time he apparently perjured himself all over again.

Nadler could avoid calling Cohen, but without Cohen Nadler won’t have a case. The feds couldn’t make a case even when they had Cohen. Without Cohen, all Nadler can show is that Trump had sleazy affairs before running for president, which is hardly commendable but also irrelevant for impeachment.

This looks like desperation on Nadler’s part, and Politico explains why:

In the meantime, Washington is stuck in an impeachment muddle — with Democrats straddling an ambiguous line between impeachment proceedings and standard congressional investigations. It’s a dynamic that will test the unity of a diverse Democratic caucus this fall, and shape the party’s battle to hold on to the House and defeat Trump in 2020.

“I don’t think the public is really … clear about what’s going on,” said Rep. John Yarmuth (D-Ky.) on the state of play. “Whether that’s an intentional strategy or not, I don’t know. But I think that’s clearly the case.” …

Regardless of the outcome of the upcoming court battles, Democrats will have to decide soon whether they want to force the matter. Many pro-impeachment Democrats say they need to make substantial strides by the end of the year, before the 2020 presidential campaign begins in earnest.

The unsettled state of the impeachment question was reflected in the statements of lawmakers who declared support for impeachment proceedings throughout the August recess. Some called for an impeachment inquiry outright. Others simply declared support for the Judiciary Committee’s “ongoing” impeachment efforts.

Beyer said he can’t pinpoint a precise moment when Democrats suddenly found themselves engaged in impeachment proceedings. Instead, he described it as a natural shift in the course of Democrats’ investigations.

If Nadler’s coming back around to Stormy Daniels and Michael Cohen, then he doesn’t have a case at all. If Nadler did have a case, he wouldn’t have to reach back into that morass to sell it. Nadler’s running out of time, and he knows it.

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Michael Avenatti considering a run for president again

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Don’t call it a comeback. He’s been here for years.

According to NBC, Michael Avenatti is thinking about getting back into the presidential race:

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 arena.

“Never say never,” he said when asked if he’s going to get into the race. “The Dems need a non-traditional fighter. They have a lot of talent but not a lot of fighters.” 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.

“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…

“I am increasingly concerned that the Dems don’t have the right fighter to go toe to toe with Trump,” he said. “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.”

Is this just about satisfying his desperate need for attention? I mean, he can’t be serious about this, can he? He’s facing multiple felony charges including bank fraud and attempted extortion. He can’t possibly think he has a chance. So what is this about?

I think it’s probably best to view Avenatti the way you would a child actor. He had a shining moment in the sun when CNN decided to make him a household name by having him on television every day. Avenatti became such a star that he started talking about a run for the White House. But the good times didn’t last. After his shoddy handling of the allegations against Judge Kavanaugh, his appearances on TV dried up. A few months after Kavanaugh was confirmed, Avenatti announced he was not running for president. His celebrity career was on the rocks.

And then came the charges.

Again, it’s not a perfect parallel, but you can probably think of a few child actors who wound up addicted to drugs and in and out of jail. In Avenatti’s case, the charges were attempted extortion of Nike. Alleged embezzlement from a disabled client. His private jet was seized. California moved to suspend his law license. And yet, some truly pathetic part of him still thinks he’s going to be a star again. In his mind, he’s not on the brink of going to prison, he’s still the golden child making his decision about the White House. It’s just sad at this point.

Even if Avenatti were miraculously cleared of all charges tomorrow, he’s never going to have the resistance at his back the way he did when CNN made him a star. Even if he really were innocent, there would still be the disaster of Julie Swetnick. And he would still have been abandoned by his most famous client. If Stormy Daniels can’t trust you, how can anyone else?

It’s been over for a while. Avenatti just doesn’t seem to know it yet.

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Uh-Oh! CA Bar Not Happy With Michael Avenatti’s Practice of Law

For Michael Avenatti, 2019 continues to be a no good, awful, very bad year. Just last summer the Creepy Porn Lawyer was the darling of CNN, MSNBC, and their ilk and eyeing a run for the Presidency. Now, in addition to facing numerous federal indictments for wire fraud, extortion, and identity theft, Avenatti faces the prospect of having his law license being placed in “involuntary inactive status.”

The California State Bar filed a 573-page petition with the State Bar Court, citing California Business and Professions Code 6007(c)(1)-(3) as their authority (emphasis added).

This section of statute, amended by the Legislature on January 1, 2019, authorizes the Office of Chief Trial Counsel to file a petition for involuntary inactive enrollment of an attorney when there is sufficient evidence to show that the attorney caused or is causing substantial harm to the attorney’s clients or the public and there is a reasonable probability both that the Chief Trial Counsel will prevail on a related disciplinary matter and that the attorney will be disbarred.

Judging by the laundry list of unprofessional and illegal behaviors Avenatti has exhibited, it would be more surprising if Avenatti did not lose his law license. When he gets to the federal penitentiary, he will have to play “jailhouse lawyer” like the rest of the inmates.

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