Michael Avenatti

Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY

Michael Avenatti Won't Run For President In 2020

December 04, 2018 - 12:25 pm

LOS ANGELES (WCBS 880) — Michael Avenatti, who gained fame as adult film star Stormy Daniels' attorney, has announced he will not seek a presidential nomination in 2020.

“After consultation with my family and at their request, I have decided not to seek the Presidency of the United States in 2020,” Avenatti said in an official statement posted to Twitter.

The announcement came two days after he claimed his prospects of clinching the Democratic presidential nomination had only increased as he continued to fight off domestic violence allegations.

Avenatti became a cable news fixture earlier in the year when he sued President Donald Trump and former personal attorney Michael Cohen on behalf of Daniels.

Recently, Avenatti has generated public interest again following a Los Angeles arrest and subsequent domestic violence accusations by actress Mareli Miniutti. No felony charges were filed and Avenatti has maintained his innocence.

Despite the allegations, the attorney said he would continue to represent Daniels and others “against Donald Trump and his cronies.”

Furthermore, he vowed not to rest until Trump is removed from office.

While he will not seek the nomination, he expressed concerns that the Democratic Party may be unable to select a viable candidate to defeat President Trump during the 2020 election.

“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,” Avenatti wrote. “The party must immediately recognize that many of the likely candidates are not battletested and have no real chance at winning.”