Michael Avenatti is taking off the gloves.
The attorney for award-winning adult film director and performer Stephanie “Stormy Daniels” Clifford has become a hero to the progressive, anti-Trump movement with his persistent and remarkably effective court battle against Trump’s personal lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen.
As the battle has progressed, however, from an attempt to get Ms. Clifford released from her non-disclosure agreement regarding her adulterous coitus with Donald Trump to a much larger struggle to get to the bottom of a morass of potentially incriminating evidence revealed when the FBI seized Cohen’s files, the stakes got infinitely higher and the fight drew in more participants.
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When President Trump hired former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani to join his legal team, seemingly more to act as his cable news surrogate than for any sound legal advice, Giuliani immediately joined the media offense against both Clifford/Daniels and her attorney.
Speaking at a conference in Israel earlier this week, Giuliani earned the ire of feminists around the world when — ignoring the prior career of First Lady Melania Trump as a nude model — he said:
“I respect all human beings. I even have to respect criminals. But I’m sorry, I don’t respect a porn star the way I respect a career women or a women of substance or a woman who has great respect for herself as a women and as a person and isn’t going to sell her body for sexual exploitation.”
Giuliani also made the somewhat unbelievable claim that “I don’t really look at porn.”
That sanctimonious statement coming on top of the major dis against any woman working in the adult entertainment industry spurred Michale Avenatti into the kind of attention-grabbing action that he’s become so well-known for.
Avenatti took to Twitter to crowdsource evidence of Giuliani’s hypocrisy.
I want to test Mr. Giuliani’s claims of being adamantly against pornography and having no use for adult film stars. If anyone can provide me with any evidence of him voluntarily viewing pornography, I will protect you as a source and publish it. Let’s PROVE the hypocrisy. #Basta
— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) June 9, 2018
Fighting Giuliani and Trump by using methods out of their own publicity-minded playbook, Avenatti is a brilliant tactician. The world is waiting on the edge of their seats to see what the results of his public scavenger hunt may bring.
While all of this serves as a distraction to the enormous number of actually serious issues that face the nation, if Avenatti is able to use the Stormy Daniels case to expose the hidden financial details tucked away in Michale Cohen’s many files and recordings, some of which may provide insight into how money was funneled from foreign sources to the Trump Organization, then the momentary distraction is more than worth it…and entertaining to boot.
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