Kirsters Baish| We all know who Michael Avenatti is by now, attorney to porn star/Trump accuser Stormy Daniels. His name has been plastered all over the headlines since taking on Daniels as his client. It seems that the only two things most mainstream news networks cover lately are Russia and the Stormy Daniels story. There isn’t much being said about North Korean peace talks or the latest on ISIS.
There are now questions about who is paying Michael Avenatti and who is behind Stormy Daniels’ entire story. A former advisor to Bill Clinton during his presidency, Mark Penn, wrote an article for The Hill, in which he asks these important questions.
From The Hill:
From the beginning, this has been fishy. Daniels’s previous lawyer advised her to stick to her agreements. In contrast, Avenatti okayed her violating with impunity her non-disclosure agreement on “60 Minutes” despite a binding arbitration judgment against her. She acknowledged on Twitter that she is not paying for her lawyer. So who is? And did he indemnify her against all multimillion-dollar penalties?
As Penn notes, Avenatti wants to do everything he can do to attack Trump and his attorney Michael Cohen, when that’s actually not the first obligation of a lawyer for Daniels, which should be what is in the best interests of Daniels.
Penn makes note that it took some work to find that the Democrats were the ones behind the infamous dossier, which was chalked full of unverified information. Although it has never been verified, it has been the talk of mainstream media, spreading the accusations like wildfire.
Avenatti leaked Michael Cohen’s bank records this week. He also made false claims having to do with information from the records. On top of that, some of the information was found to be false or have to do with other men with the same name as Cohen. If there were any link to the Russians, special counsel Robert Mueller would have kept the case against Michael Cohen. He wouldn’t have sent it to the United States Attorney’s Office so the Southern District of New York could take it. Mueller must not think Cohen has anything to do with Russia.
Then, there’s the fact that Avenatti has a history of making false claims in the past. He claimed recently that Michael Cohen was wiretapped. Officials have denied any wiretapping.
We are left with a serious question. How did Avenatti obtain Cohen’s private banking and financial records? An investigation has been launched by the Treasury Department into the alleged crime of leaking the records. Avenatti claims that he doesn’t need to disclose where he got the information as it’s “attorney work product.”
This is the kind of information that would have been known only by the Treasury Department, his banks or by prosecutors, raising some serious questions about what kind of operation Avenatti is running. Is there a team of people digging this up? Are they paying off sources? Is Fusion GPS involved? Are there political donors behind making this campaign work? He can’t be both an attorney and then participate as an officer of the court in trafficking illegally obtained information.
Avenatti has been given a free, unfettered media perch on TV to spread his stuff without the networks forcing him to meet any disclosure requirements, saying that he is Daniels’s attorney when someone else entirely is paying for this operation is not true disclosure that allows the viewer to evaluate the source and potential conflicts. He is now being given deference as though he is a journalist interested in protecting unverified sources while he makes headline-grabbing pronouncements. Lawyers need to disclose the source of their evidence.
So exactly who is paying Michael Avenatti, is he just a lawyer or is he really working for the opposition as an operative, Penn asks.
Take a look at the guy’s history.
From his biography:
While in college and later in law school, Michael worked at a political opposition research and media firm run by Rahm Emanuel (who later became White House Chief of Staff and is presently the Mayor of Chicago). During his time there, Michael worked on over 150 campaigns in 42 states, including multiple gubernatorial and congressional campaigns (i.e. Joe Biden’s U.S. Senate Campaign).
So he’s been a political operative for the Democrats for years with a specific Obama connection through Rahm Emanuel.
On top of that, Avenatti claims that his client isn’t paying him, and that he is “crowdfunding” his pay via Crowd Justice. On that link, Daniels asks for people to donate claiming that they need more than $800,000.
The Daily Mail’s editor, David Martosko, states that two of the Crowd Justice advisors were Obama advisers, Ron Klain and Kip Wainscott.