Michael Avenatti to Plead Guilty to Stealing Millions From Clients

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    The Facts

    • According to court papers filed on Sun., disgraced lawyer Michael Avenatti, who represented porn actress Stormy Daniels in her lawsuits against former Pres. Donald Trump, offered to plead guilty to federal charges in California for stealing millions of dollars from clients, lying to the Internal Revenue Service and a bankruptcy court, and defrauding a bank.

    • Prosecutors assert that Avenatti stole nearly $10M in settlement funds from at least five of his clients.

    The Spin

    Pro-Trump narrative

    Formerly a darling of leftist media, Avenatti has fallen from the heady-heights of potential Democrat Presidential nomination, to pleading guilty to his crimes despite lack of a plea deal. The lawsuit against former Pres. Donald Trump brought by Stormy Daniels has been further undermined by her association with Avenatti and his professional fall out.

    Democratic narrative

    As it turned out, Avenatti was pedelling fabrications and selling them to the American left. However, Trumpism prompted far more significant and principled politicians and activists on to fight for the health of US democracy. Far more committed people like Miles Taylor have made great personal sacrifices in order to persevere against Trump's politics and their effect on democracy.

    Nerd narrative

    There is a 30% chance that Donal Trump will be elected President of the US in 2024, according to the Metaculus prediction community.

    Establishment split



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