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Stormy Daniels’ lawyer Avenatti mulling presidential run

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Los Angeles Times
Friday, August 10, 2018

After months of hammering President Trump in frequent television interviews, lawyer Michael Avenatti has arrived in Iowa to explore a potential run for the White House.

The attorney for porn actress Stormy Daniels toured the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines on Thursday.

He’ll be the star speaker Friday at the Democratic Wing Ding dinner in Clear Lake.

And he’s meeting with farmers to hear how Trump’s tariffs are affecting the state that kicks off the 2020 contests for the Democratic presidential nomination.

“I am seriously considering it but have not made a decision,” Avenatti said by email. “I would be running in an effort to end this disaster of a presidency and restore America to its rightful place, both domestically and internationally.”

Avenatti’s pugnacious manner has made him a ubiquitous presence on television news and talk shows in the five months since Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, sued the president to void a confidentiality pact that bars her from talking about her alleged 2006 affair with Trump.

Avenatti, 47, is a Newport Beach plaintiffs’ lawyer who specializes in lawsuits against powerful companies accused of wrongdoing.

“I have over 18 years fighting on behalf of Davids vs. Goliaths,” he said. “I have extensive knowledge as to how government functions, how laws are made, and how they are enforced. I also have extensive experience dealing with Constitutional law matters.”

Avenatti’s aggressiveness toward Trump and his former personal lawyer Michael Cohen has made him a hero to some on the left and a loathed figure to some on the right.