NEW YORK, NY – APRIL 16: Michael Avenatti, attorney for Stormy Daniels, speaks to reporters as he exits the United States District Court Southern District of New York for a hearing related to Michael Cohen, President Trump’s longtime personal attorney and confidante, April 16, 2018 in New York City. Cohen and lawyers representing President Trump are asking the court to block Justice Department officials from reading documents and materials related to Cohen’s relationship with President Trump that they believe should be protected by attorney-client privilege. Officials with the FBI, armed with a search warrant, raided Cohen’s office and two private residences last week. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

 

One thing the Stormy Daniels affair has done is validate any and all negative stereotypes you might have had about the legal profession… and porn stars, for that matter. First was President Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, who had been revealed to be a prolific hustler selling influence he does not appear to have for seven-figure amounts. Not to be outdone is the lawyer hired by Stormy Daniels to bring her notoriety and revitalize her career.

Avenatti, who is not retained by Daniels even though he is representing her, has turned his association with Daniels into a publicity juggernaut:

With exposure has come, well, exposure. Some comes from traditional media.

But a lot of that has been via Peter Hasson and Joe Simonson writing in the Daily Caller.

They’ve chronicled how Avenatti released bank transactions on the wrong Michael Cohen. And how the Treasury IG is now investigating which law enforcement agency who gave Cohen’s financial records to the media. They’ve reported on Avenatti’s shady, if banal, business practices.
The uncovered the $5 million federal tax lien he has which includes siphoning off employee withholding tax.

Today, Avenatti reached the end of his rope. He threatened Hasson and Simonson with a ruinous lawsuit in an “off the record” email.

This is douchebaggery on an epic scale. Due to his own efforts, Avenatti has become the textbook definition of a public figure which means he’d have to not only prove what Daily Caller published was false but they knew it was false. And sending a threat to a reporter via email and marking it “off the record” is sort of waving-a-red-cape-at-a-bull act.

This is going to get a lot better before Peak Avenatti is reached.