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Michael Avenatti Decides Not to Seek 2020 Presidential Run



Michael Avenatti, the attorney representing adult film actress Stormy Daniels in her high-profile case against President Donald Trump, has decided not to run for president in the 2020 general election. Avenatti’s name had been floated for months among the list of possible Democratic candidates.

“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 a statement published to his official Twitter account. “I do not make this decision lightly – I make it out of respect for my family. But for their concerns, I would run.”

Avenatti confirmed that he would “continue to represent Stormy Daniels and others against Donald Trump and his cronies,” promising that he “will not rest until Trump is removed from office, and our republic and its values are restored.”

The statement, published this afternoon, also served as a warning to the Democratic Party. Avenatti expressed his concern 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.” The party, he added, “must immediately recognize that many of the likely candidates are not battletested and have no real chance at winning.”

Avenatti had previously expressed interest in running for president, though he shied away from making an official announcement. Speaking to CNN last month about the rumors that he would run, he said he felt “very encouraged” by the reaction to his potential candidacy, and maintained that “we need someone to call this president out on his conduct, and we’ve gotta get back to making this nation what it once was.”

Last month, Avenatti released his first political ad, which urged Americans to vote in the midterm elections.

Avenatti’s prospects appeared to come to a halt after he was arrested last month on suspicion of domestic violence. The Los Angeles Police Department referred the case to the Los Angeles County District Attorney for prosecution. Avenatti decried the charges as “bogus” and both of his ex-wives issued statements that Avenatti had never been violent toward either of them. The county district attorney declined to press charges.