Prominent Lawyer Michael Avenatti Under Attack: Who Benefits?
USA – March 29, 2019
The rule of law has been the key principle of American life for decades, but it isn’t applicable anymore. And the case of Michael Avenatti is one of the clearest examples of this.
Modern-day America is populated by major corporations that run the entire economic system. Regardless of various anti-monopoly measures, industry giants are still powerful enough to ruin someone’s career if they come into conflict with him. This is precisely what we are seeing now in the case of Michael Avenatti who has recently come under attack from Nike. What do they want from him?
Nike representatives and prosecutors say that Avenatti attempted to extort about $20 million from the company. Avenatti himself denies all the accusations, saying, “We never attempted to extort Nike and when the evidence is disclosed, the public will learn the truth about Nike's crime and coverup.”
According to federal prosecutors in New York, Avenatti met with a Nike lawyer earlier, allegedly threatening to release some damaging information about the company, saying the price for his silence was $20 million. The question is: Who will the prosecutors trust?: A huge corporation or a famous (though acting alone) lawyer, who has infamous issues with the President of the U.S., stemming from his representation of porn start Stormy Daniels?
In terms of our corrupt political system, his defense of Daniels could easily ruin his career. He defended her both in a lawsuit and a defamation suit against Trump, the latter turning out to be a humiliating defeat for him, with a federal judge dismissing the suit and ordering Daniels to pay Trump’s legal fees.
Avenatti could have also been attacked for his presidential ambitions. He has expressed his interest in running in 2020 several times, thus stepping onto thin ice. He held his first fundraiser at the Democratic Wing Ding in August. However, the next month he said he would run only against Trump or Pence, which was seen as a step back--starting to leave the race under pressure.
On November 1, Avenatti released his first political ad, urging Americans to vote on November 6 without mentioning his own candidacy or any of his platforms. Even under these vague conditions, he remained an important political player, with the Washington Post ranked him a Top 15 contender. On December 4, he announced he would not be a candidate in 2020. "I do not make this decision lightly — I make it out of respect for my family,” he said on Twitter.
Thus, formally presidential-hopeful Avenatti has come under a triple fire: for his professional judicial activities, for something he knows about the way Nike conducts business and, of course, for his personal conflict with President Trump. There are certainly many people, companies and affiliated groups of influence who might be interested in sending him to jail.