After all that big talk, what do Trump’s accusers have to show for it?
Not so much as they first thought.
Avenatti is a busy guy, so we should be clear in which legal case we mean.
It would be easy to mix this case up with the one where a judge gave Avenatti an ultimatum between being a lawyer and being a TV personality. (Spoiler alert, he chose TV).
Judge Wood told Avenatti that he’d be admitted to the court only if he agreed to change his “conduct” and “stop your publicity tour.” The judge explained that “this conduct is inimitable to giving Mr. Cohen eventually a fair trial.”
Just so we’re all clear: The judge gave Avenatti the choice between representing his client in court or going on CNN and MSNBC, and Daniels’ attorney chose cable news.
In THIS court action Trump was being sued over the following tweet:
A sketch years later about a nonexistent man. A total con job, playing the Fake News Media for Fools (but they know it)! https://t.co/9Is7mHBFda
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 18, 2018
Judge S. James Otero said in U.S. District Court that a tweet the president wrote in April appears to be “rhetorical hyperbole” and speech protected under the First Amendment.
Otero said he would rule later, but that Trump’s statement seemed like an opinion and speech protected under the First Amendment.
“To allow the complaint to go forward and to have one consider this to be defamatory in the context it was made would have a chilling effect,” Otero said.
Attorney Ken White who blogs about the case and talks about it on the podcast “All the President’s Lawyers” said he thinks Otero wrote a tentative ruling that he would finalize and issue soon.
And now the parasitic lawyer has found himself a whole new way to get himself some free publicity.
He’s inserted himself into the Kavanaugh hearings… but it’s a high-stakes game. It might even cost him his license.
Legal ethics point. Lawyers cannot make factual claims like this about judges without evidence. My expectation is that @MichaelAvenatti will either produce backup for this soon or face discipline. https://t.co/H6vqBiUiwO
— Ben Edwards (@BenPEdwards) September 24, 2018
(Maybe that has something to do with why Avenatti’s Twitter account — which was so boldly in-your-face and making loud claims about Kavanaugh’s supposed moral failings until mere days ago — has suddenly been switched to ‘private’.)