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Michael Avenatti says he won’t run for president in 2020

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Michael
Avenatti speaks to the media outside the Los Angeles Police
Department Pacific Division after being released from police
custody following his arrest on a felony domestic violence
charge.

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Baker


  • Michael Avenatti, best known for representing porn star
    Stormy Daniels in her suit against President Donald Trump,
    announced Tuesday he does not plan to run for president as a
    Democrat in 2020. 
  • Avenatti stoked speculation for a possible 2020 bid for
    months.
  • “We will not prevail in 2020 without a fighter,” his
    statement said. “I remain hopeful that the party finds
    one.” 

After months of speculation over his political future, bombastic
attorney Michael Avenatti said Tuesday he does not plan to run
for president as a Democrat in 2020. 

In a statement posted to his
Twitter account
, Avenatti said that following “consultation
with my family and at their request, I have decided not to seek
the Presidency of the United States in 2020.” 

Avenatti is best known for representing porn star Stormy Daniels
in her suit against President Donald Trump. He gained national
prominence representing Daniels in a bid to invalidate a
non-disclosure agreement she signed agreeing to stay silent about
an alleged 2006 affair with Trump in exchange for $130,000. 


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He also represented migrant mothers who were separated from their
children at the border as part of the Trump administration’s
“zero-tolerance” policy, as well as a woman who alleged sexual
misconduct against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

In October, Avenatti came under fire for being
quoted in TIME Magazine as saying that the 2020 Democratic
nominee “better be a white male.” 

In his statement Tuesday, he said he remained “concerned” about
the Democratic Party’s path forward.

“I remain concerned that the Democratic party will move toward
nominating an individual who might make an exceptional President
but has no chance of actually beating Donald Trump,” he said. “We
will not prevail in 2020 without a fighter. I remain hopeful that
the party finds one.” 

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