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The rise and fall of Michael Avenatti | With Chris Cillizza


– If I look different it’s
because I’m not one and oh as a fourth grade basketball coach. Breaking news! – [Announcer] This is CNN breaking news. – I don’t think Michael Avenatti is going to be president. Laugh if you will and you probably will, but there were times
in 2018 where the idea of a President Avenatti or at least a democratic nominee Avenatti
wasn’t any laughing matter. Now the rise and apparent fall of Avenatti is yes, a somewhat salacious story of a lawyer for a porn
star using the megaphone of cable TV to try to remake himself into a credible candidate. That all happened. But it’s also the story
of how fast you can rise and how disastrously you can fall in the modern political and media world. And it’s a uniquely 2018
story about where we are in politics and culture
at this depressing moment. It’s amazing to consider,
given his current ubiquity but most people had never
heard the name Michael Avenatti before this year and that’s
not for want of trying. Avenatti is someone who has
always moved in powerful circles and valued that notoriety. Now according to his
website, he has represented Christina Aguilera as well
as Don Henley and Glenn Fry, two founding members of
the rock band Eagles. He’s also handled litigation surrounding the movie K19 The Widowmaker. Whatever that means. Sidebar, I didn’t go to law school, which technically means I’m not a lawyer. And yes my mother is still
disappointed in my decisions. Sorry mom! But for our purposes
and more on the point, Avenatti became a thing
in the spring of 2018 when he took on the case
of adult film actress Stormy Daniels, also known
as Stephanie Clifford who alleged that she and Trump had an affair in the mid 2000s. Now Daniels claimed that
she’d been paid $130,000 by Trump’s associate Michael Cohen in the days just before the 2016 election to keep quiet about those allegations. Avenatti quickly sued
Trump on Daniels behalf in hopes of getting her free
from her non-disclosure deal. Then suddenly, Daniels was everywhere. And so was Avenatti, always at her side. You couldn’t turn on
cable TV, including CNN without seeing Avenatti
insisting that he had the goods on Cohen and Trump and brashly predicting something, but always
it would all come out on Trump and Cohen
sooner rather than later. Now when the FBI conducted
a raid on Cohen’s home, hotel, and office in April,
they seized thousands of documents and they put
Trumps personal lawyer and fixer at the center of the ongoing Russia interference investigation. It sure did seem like Avenatti
had predicted the future. And because he’s Avenatti, he wasn’t shy about tooting his own horn. Here’s Avenatti soon after
the Cohen raid, quote, “To those that scoffed
when we filed this case “and claimed it was all about dollar sign: “As we predicted and
as the FBI raid shows, “Mr. Cohen and Mr. Trump
are in a lot of trouble. “It has always been about the threats, “coverup and the lies that have been “told to the American people.” End quote. Then as spring turned to summer, Avenatti’s TV presence only increased. What he was talking about
actually started to change though. No longer was Avenatti simply
defending Daniels right to be free from her hush
agreement with Cohen and Trump, suddenly he was casting
himself as the only person in the country willing and able
to stand up to Donald Trump. At then, suddenly, it happened. In response to a maybe
joking tweet on July 4th about when he was announcing his 2020 bid, Avenatti tweeted this, and I quote, “If parenthesis big he seeks
re-election, I will run, “but only if I think there
is no other candidate “in the race that has a
real chance at beating him. “We can’t relive 2016. “I love this country, our
values, and our people “too much to sit by
while they are destroyed. “Hashtag fight club.” What? Of course with Donald Trump, reality star, gossip tabloid foddery and recent convert to the Republican Party,
in the White House, who could rule out the idea
of a man who became famous for representing a porn star,
who said she had an affair with the President of the United States running against that same President. In some ways it’s a perfect storyline. Avenatti went to Iowa. Avenatti went to New Hampshire. Avenatti started a political organization to donate to Democratic
candidates and most importantly of all, Avenatti talked tough, real tough. – So I say, when they
go low, we hit harder. (cheering) – This fall he said this, quote, “We cannot afford to show up “to the fight without a slingshot.” End quote. Now even as Avenatti was
rising from celebrity lawyer to probably
candidate for president, there were some warning
signs that his rapid ascent might have glossed over a few problems from his past and present. In July, Avenatti paid the
Internal Revenue Service over $880,000 in unpaid
payroll taxes related to a deal he made to bring his law
firm out of bankruptcy. In October, a judge
ordered Avenatti to pay almost five million dollars to
a former law partner of his. Now all of that paled in
comparison with what happened in the middle of November. Avenatti was arrested in West Los Angeles on suspicion of domestic violence. Now Avenatti vehemently denied the charges saying at the time, quote,
“I have never been physically “abusive in my life nor was I last night. “Any accusations to the
contrary are fabricated “and meant to do harm to my reputation. “I look forward to
being fully exonerated.” End quote. The Los Angeles District Attorney’s office declined to file felony
domestic violence charges against him, choosing
instead to refer the case to the city attorney’s office for consideration of misdemeanor charges. And that case is still ongoing. But, politically speaking,
the damage is done. A scheduled appearance for
the Vermont Democratic Party was canceled and Avenatti hasn’t been seen on cable TV for weeks. For a time, even Daniels turned on him saying she would drop him as her lawyer if the domestic abuse
allegations were true and suggesting that Avenatti
sued Trump against her wishes. Now don’t worry, you can sleep tonight because that fight has apparently ended as Daniels tweeted this about she and Avenatti on Sunday night. Quote, “We are going to kick ass together “on two coasts tomorrow.” Well all may be well in the
world of Avenatti and Daniels, but his presidential prospects
aren’t going to recovery so quickly and they
might not recover at all. Politico ran a piece
recently headline quote, “Avenatti Crashes and Burns.” End quote. Now I tweeted the piece out,
thought it was interesting. Avenatti himself wasn’t
too happy with my decision and said this, quote, “Chris
hasn’t kept up in three years. “And don’t expect anything
to change this cycle “because he’s still sleeping.” Which, maybe. I mean a world in which
Donald Trump is President, nothing is impossible, but
Avenatti looks more and more like another version of
the current President and I’m skeptical that
Democrats will nominate their own version of Trump in 2020. And that is the point. We make new episodes
twice a week every week. Tune in on Tuesdays and
Thursdays for the latest in hot and fresh political content.

Glenn Chapman

100 Comments

  1. Hi Chris here — Michael Avenatti went from media darling to pariah in under a year. Is his political career over before it starts?

  2. Only some CNN dope could consider shyster Avenatti as anything but a candidate for future disbarment.

  3. CNN !!!! No people forgot the propaganda you people did at mid-therm election ,to influence the electoral . You CNN use the "Stormy" event to brainwash fools and destroy Trump with a STUPID SCANDAL . Really CNN ??people are not stupid!.

  4. The only place that made him famous was CNN, now they are laughing at his fame. #fakenews

  5. Trump's election is the exact reason why I want someone with moral fiber in our next president, not a repeat of the disgrace we currently have. Sorry, but Avenatti is no better than Trump.

  6. Avenatti running for president was ALWAYS a laughing matter. CNN was pushing him and Only idiots who were watching CNN at the time were took it seriously. Avenatti sucks, so does CNN.
    Yaaay!

  7. CNN you have just used your channel to do a sneering hatchet job on Avenatti. He was never going to really run for President but was using it to gain publicity for his program and to make a living to elevate himself out of his problems. Give the guy a break.
    If you had done your job during the election we would not have Trump now.

  8. gee it's easy to run down another person; dump does it frequently. Avenatti is a 2018 hero, and you can't touch that!!! I hope he still gets to depose the dump!!!! why go after him unless you love the corruption gang, want to be a part of that treasonous cabal? so Avenatti was set up, prove he wasn't.

  9. CNN was crawling after this guy a few weeks ago … Fake News ๐Ÿคฎ

  10. You mean how fast someone like Chumpy can manufacture evidence against someone. Should be a WARNING for your company.

  11. STFU, Cizzilla and CNN. Whatever anybody thinks about Avennati, he & Stormy are the ones responsible for exposing FatDumbo and Cohen for their corruption and being proven lying, lowdown criminals. Despite Avennati's mounting debts, rumours about his personal life, DV allegations from a dumb, Hollywood hoe, etc., Avennati may be down for the count at present, but dont count him out. I never thought he should run for President anyway right now, as he's doing just fine being an anti-Dumbo fighter and advocate for justice. Maybe his immense popularity and celebrity came a little too fast, and he got overwhelmed with it. But he's still a bulldog, sexy, bald, bold and tenacious, and he's still standing.
    HE"LL BE BACK!!

  12. We do need someone who is tough enough to go up against the psychopathic treasonous liar we have a the POTUS. Avenatti was great while he lasted. We can all be eternally grateful to him for the raid on Cohen which has produced a treasure trove of documents, recordings, etc.

    The day of reckoning for the Trump crime family is getting closer.

  13. I have watched Micheal Avenatti on television for hours on end. My opinion, Avenatti gives the impression of being extremely money hungry. Take for example the Stormy Daniels -Donald Trump scandal, this was nothing but an opportunity for Avenatti to extort money out of Donald trump but Trump was too smart to fall for the shenanigans, he saw that bullet coming and dodged it. Another example, remember when Avenatti was exploring to run for the presidency of the United States, after what I've seen of the man I bet Avenatti had two angles on this, one, Trump's team shake in their boots pays him off to disappear two, Avenatti actually runs for the presidency gets his little fingers on the campaign-donor money funnels the money to pay off all his personal debt and he is home free. I lost all respect for the man.

  14. Michael Avenatti also got in trouble because he claimed that the supreme court nominee was involved in gang rape. It was totally made up

  15. You look different because you're a mindless leftist trying to act like an average joe.

  16. Talk about a political hit job! What a number CNN play on Avenatti. Nowadays a simple accusation can bring anyone down what a shame.

  17. Sometimes I'm curious to hear what these will say, but don't like the whiny messenger (Chris).

  18. Don't hear much from CRAP NEWS FNN about their stars of porn puppydaniels and its master avenatti ? Whats happened FNN … got a new star to propagate… the one who is a Socialist and Communist? I suppose it will not take many months for that one to fade also.

  19. I really liked Avenatti at the beginning, he seemed real, sincere and not about to back down to any bully. But it seemed to me that the more media attention he got the fatter his ego, to the point of being morbidly obese. Too bad really. Beto 2020 is our only hope. imo. These type of fame and fortune folks should try to stay grounded by being in touch with us highly normal working class voters.

  20. No, President avenatti was always a laughable subject to everyone except cnn and the retards that watch it unironically.

  21. FUNNY When he first surfaced I thought the name sounded familiar. Oh of course, that is my next door neighbors name. Yep, turns out to be his parents. I really enjoyed the sideshow while it lasted.

  22. Avenatti fell 100% because of his involvement in getting kavanaugh on the Supreme Court. CBF had a small case and a great act that prob would of worked. But Michael made outrageous claims trying to get some limelight that kavanaugh was involved in gang rape and other terrible and unbelievable things with zero evidence- giving credence to the theory it was all just a massive hit job.

  23. He should change his name to Mike Ava naughty because he is a naughty naughty boy.

  24. CNN and BSNBC need to apologize to their small viewership, for putting pure BS artist on TV.
    Will they apologize for 2 years of hyping a Conspiracy and Trump bashing? Don't hold your breath.

  25. Michael Avenatti was the CNN and MSNBC Golden Boy. This is the type of person the MSM gravitates to and idolizes. Disgusting people emulate disgusting people.

  26. just had a bunch more charges added. extorting NIKE for $20 million? lol plus a lot more. can you campaign from prison?

  27. Avenatti was just arrested for extortion and fraud! LMAO! Trump WINNING! Trump 2020!

  28. This is a network that thought that his word was pure gold. Idiots

  29. Avenatti was CNN expert counsel. Also a 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful. I call it the Avenatti skid marked underwear.

  30. this avenati pig faced scumbag was just arrested today for trying to extort nike company……………….what a loser ………loud mouth cockroach swine…………….

  31. Michael Avenatti, porn star Stormy Daniels' former lawyer who briefly considered a bid for president in prison, is set to be charged for allegedly trying to extort Nike for $15-$25 million, officials at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York WOW me no worries because CNN and MSNBC will support him. now hell get more money hahahahahahahahahahaCNN MSNBC soon will get a BAD KARMA

  32. Never mentioned a word about CNN taking this huckster and making a hero out of him.

  33. He won't even be able to vote in the next election now! ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ

  34. What a shame, another example of why we shouldn't even get a lawyer because they're all corrupt

  35. Silly Cillizza does not get the irony here: CNN owns a great share of responsibility for the political celebrity rise of Avenatti, as well as other politicized celebrities. At CNN, outrageousness and loud, proud moral outrage matter more than baggage when it comes to giving people the microphone in front of the camera. Now, CNN is going to own a share of the responsibility for helping him fall. Everyone loves a comeback, so CNN may also help Avenatti reemerge later. CNN does not turn the camera on itself in any honestly introspective way.

  36. YOU ARE A HYPOCRITE CHRIS. YOU AND YOUR NETWORK WERE BUTTERING UP CREEPY PORN LAWER FOR PRESIDENT JUST A FEW MONTHS AGO. WE ARE WITNESSING THE FALL OF CNN AS YOU SPEAK – HYPOCRITE!

  37. RIDICULOUSLY FUNNY HOW UNPOPULAR YOUR HYPOCRITE FAKE NEWS NETWORK IS. HALF THE PEOPLE WHO WATCH YOU DON'T LIKE YOU.

  38. Michael Avenatti, porn star Stormy Daniels' former lawyer? who briefly considered a bid for president in prison, is set to be charged for allegedly to extort Nike for $15-$25 million, officials at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, WOW me no worries because CNN and MSNBC will support him. now hell get more money hahahahahahahahahahaCNN MSNBC soon will get a BAD KARMA

  39. Why is this quiff bad mouthing Michael avenatti? Is this the same channel CNN that I'd scumbag Michael avenatti on over 60 times.

  40. HEY, ?? WASN'T CNN'S FAVORITE BUDDY?? AVENATTI GOT LIVE on CNN 74 TIMES and 54 on MSNBC. YES !! AVENATTI ARRESTED FOR EXTORTION ??? HEY, WAS HE NOT ONE OF A FAVORITE DEMOCRAT PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE ? That shows what is the DIRTY Liberal's stuff mental average. REMEMBER the FAKE @CNN HAS GIVEN AVENATTI ALL COMBINED 124 LIVE PLATFORM BECAUSE HE COULD EVENTUALLY HARM Pr.TRUMP. Actually Stormy Daniel's and AVENATTI have tried to black mail and extort D.J.TRUMP. THINK ABOUT. HE WAS A DEMOCRATS's ONE OF THEIR FAVORITE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE. THAT SHOWS WHAT KIND OF STUFF ARE PROMOTED AMONG LIBERALS. Jail him with BIDEN

  41. Stop you kissed the mans butt daily and had him on every other day! FAKE news is RIGHT!

  42. Well, it was CNN that endorsed him to run. Why do you choose to be a part of FAKE NEWS channel CNN Chrissy? Lets see your take on the Rise and Fall of CNN now Chrissy, start with the coundown on all the things CNN has been wrong about. LOL

  43. lol, this video is rich coming from one of the chief culprits of boosting the clown known as Michael Avenatti.

  44. only cnn would help a creepy porn lawyer rise to possible presidential nominee
    without bothering to look into who avenatti is
    just another slimy thieving lawyer who lies through his teeth

  45. nobody cared about this guy accept cnn and MSNBC you guys tried to make this nut case famous

  46. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA AVENATTI HIS THE NEXT PRESIDENT IN US PRISON HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH SO SAD AVENATTI HIT A BAD KARMA YOUR NEXT FAKE NEWS MEDIA

  47. This guy is gayer then a two dollar bill… Once you take a dick in the ass you no longer experience shame… This is why this guy works for CNN, the same channel who gave Avanatti a platform.

  48. Shit is getting more real for him…he is going to jail.

  49. LOL Hey liberals, how about that "Trump's worst nightmare" eh? Man the left is a meme lol

  50. Just the liberal news like CNN and MSN! You had him on your show every night! Tucker Carlson knew what kind of man he was! But CNN wanted him to run for President! Don't you ever apologize the your viewers? All half million. Wonder why your ratings are 25th….

  51. This guy was a savior, for the stupid Democrats. What happened to the scoop the loser had, 80 years in prison. Lol. By by DH!! Lol

  52. I love all those who have opposed the Donald, they all lose . Name one who has won . You canโ€™t.

  53. Stormy Daniels took the money, agreed to be silent as the contract said. Is she also going to return the money back to Trump now that she broke her part of the contract? No. She wants to keep and eat the cake like woman usually do…

  54. CNN had Creepy Porn Lawyer nuts all up in their mouth. I love it when cons con each other. Bunch of chumps.

  55. The rise and fall of CNN please thank you! – everyone who is not a f**** brainwashed sheeple piece of anti American scumbag

  56. The rise and fall of Michael Avenatti? When was he on the rise? It was you clowns at CNN talking
    about how great he was and blowing smoke up his ass.

  57. Avenatti will be President of CNN- when he gets out of prison in 300 years!

  58. This video is exactly like punching yourself in the face.. Stupidity at its finest.

  59. AVENATTI IS FAKE NEWS CNN HERO HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA THE NEXT PRESIDENT IN USA PRISON FOR LIFE HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

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