Washington Post

Avenatti is Trump's Trump-like adversary

Michael Avenatti, seen here leaving Federal Court in New York on April 16, uses Twitter and TV appearances to his advantage. Foto: Bloomberg photo by Victor J. Blue

Ten weeks ago, Michael Avenatti was a California lawyer known for his successes in class-action lawsuits. Then he sued President Donald Trump on behalf of adult-film actress Stormy Daniels and - through an extraordinarily aggressive media campaign - parlayed a narrow dispute about a one-night stand into a news cycle-dominating assault on the president of the United States.

The take-no-prisoners approach has turned Avenatti into a darling of the political left, which is hungry for anti-Trump heroes and gleeful at the notion that the president could be taken down by a porn star. Many of Avenatti's fans believe he is just as likely to unearth damaging revelations about Trump as Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is leading the probe into Russian influence in the 2016 election...

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