Avenatti: Trouble Again

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Sep 9, 2007
Yukon, OK
You're kidding right? He is a shoo in. All the prerequisites for a perfect Dim. Extorts greedy corporations, (just like Jesse Jackson) makes poor and unresearched arguments strongly (Like AOC), Lies and uses women (Like Bill Clinton). Only issue this election cycle is he's a white male!

You were saying?...


Has no Rx for his orange obsession.
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Nov 8, 2004
Wishing I was in Stillwater
From WSJ:

CNN and Avenatti
The network is applauded by the press corps while a favorite guest pleads not guilty.

By James Freeman
April 29, 2019 5:48 p.m. ET

One of CNN’s most frequent guests was in court today fighting another round of criminal charges. Over the weekend the cable news network was honored for its coverage of a controversy he helped to inflame.

The Associated Press reports today:

Attorney Michael Avenatti pleaded not guilty Monday to charges that he stole millions of dollars from clients, cheated on his taxes and lied to investigators...​
Avenatti rose to fame representing porn actress Stormy Daniels in her legal battles against President Donald Trump.​
He was indicted earlier this month on 36 counts, including wire and bank fraud. His trial is scheduled to start June 25...​
Avenatti was arrested in March in New York in a separate case alleging he demanded millions to stay quiet about claims he planned to reveal about Nike paying high school athletes. He has denied wrongdoing in that case as well.​

According to Bill D’Agostino at NewsBusters, over the past year one media outlet has been particularly significant in the Avenatti rise to fame. “CNN was the porn lawyer’s top cable enabler with a whopping 121 appearances,” writes Mr. D’Agostino. This column will go out on a limb and suggest there are probably full-time employees at CNN who don’t appear more than 121 times in a year. Not that all CNN staff were thrilled that their network became the go-to platform for Mr. Avenatti to peddle his various claims, but it didn’t necessarily bother the larger community of Beltway journalists.

This past weekend, the White House Correspondents Association lauded CNN for its coverage of one of the big stories of 2018:

An Honorable mention for the Merriman Smith Award in broadcast goes to CNN, Confirmation vote on Brett Kavanaugh.​
From the judges: CNN’s coverage on the day of the hearings on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh was aggressive, relied on deep sourcing and felt like one was watching a symphony. The news-making moments in which Sen. Jeff Flake, R-AZ, was confronted by two women was just a piece of the extensive coverage that followed every angle, all day.​

In those “news-making moments” the protesters confronting Sen. Flake harangued him with unproven allegations against Mr. Kavanaugh, who was then a federal judge and is now a Supreme Court Justice. Of course one of the reasons he is now a Justice is that a majority of senators did not believe allegations against him promoted by Mr. Avenatti.

The Avenatti claims were not the only ones for which senators struggled to find evidence. But by now, the White House Correspondents Association must know that they have not aged well.

Several weeks after the gripping coverage for which CNN won a prize, on October 25, 2018 Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R., Iowa) referred Mr. Avenatti and his client Julie Swetnick to the Justice Department for investigation of potential criminal violations “for materially false statements they made to the Committee.”

“New questions raised about Avenatti claims regarding Kavanaugh,” was the headline on an NBC News story that appeared that day soon after Mr. Grassley sent his letter. According to NBC:

In the NBC News interview that aired on Oct. 1, Swetnick back-tracked on or contradicted parts of her sworn statement where she alleged she witnessed then-Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh “cause girls to become inebriated and disoriented so they could then be ‘gang raped’ in a side room or bedroom by a ‘train’ of boys.”​
NBC News also found other apparent inconsistencies in a second sworn statement from another woman whose statement Avenatti provided to the Senate Judiciary Committee in a bid to bolster Swetnick’s claims....​
Shortly after tweeting out the woman’s allegations on Oct. 2, Avenatti confirmed to NBC News that it was the same woman interviewed by phone on Sept. 30. But when questioned on Oct. 3 about the discrepancies between what she said in the phone interview and the serious allegations in the sworn declaration, Avenatti said he was “disgusted” with NBC News. At one point, in an apparent effort to thwart the reporting process, he added in the phone call, “How about this, on background, it’s not the same woman. What are you going to do with that?”​
After NBC News received text messages from the woman refuting some of the claims in the declaration, NBC reached out again to Avenatti, who defended the declaration.​
“I have no idea what you are talking about,” he said in a text. “I have a signed declaration that states otherwise together with multiple audio recordings where she stated exactly what is in the declaration. There were also multiple witnesses to our discussions.”​
He sent a follow-up message moments later: “I just confirmed with her yet again that everything in the declaration is true and correct,” Avenatti said. “She must have been confused by your question.”​
Roughly five minutes later, the woman sent a formally-worded text backing Avenatti. “Please understand that everything in the declaration is true and you should not contact me anymore regarding this issue,” the text read.​
But when reached by phone minutes later, the woman again insisted that she never saw Kavanaugh spike punch or act inappropriately toward women. She said she’s “been consistent in what she’s told Michael.”​
In a subsequent text on Oct. 5, she wrote, “I will definitely talk to you again and no longer Avenatti. I do not like that he twisted my words.”​