Michael Avenatti Comes Under Fire for Business Dealings and Leak of Cohen Bank Records

Michael Avenatti

Over the past week, Michael Avenatti, the high profile attorney of adult film actress Stormy Daniels, has found himself and his business dealings thrust into the spotlight, reports Fox News.

An Overview of the Scrutiny into Avenatti

The American public’s awareness of Michael Avenatti largely increased following his work as Stormy Daniels’ attorney. Daniels is currently in the middle of suing both President Trump and his personal attorney Michael Cohen.

The adult film actress alleges that she and Trump had a consensual affair between 2006 and 2007. In the coming weeks, Cohen has faced mounting legal troubles, especially regarding his $130,000 payment to Daniels shortly before the 2016 election. President Trump maintains that he never engaged in an affair with the adult film actress at any time.

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In the midst of the ongoing legal battles of Daniels, Cohen, and Trump, Avenatti has chosen to be very vocal via social media about Cohen’s finances. In addition to sharing a CNN op-ed which labels the President’s personal lawyer as a “screw-up,” Avenatti moreover leaked intel regarding Cohen’s personal communications and bank records.

The aforementioned intel can be viewed in the hereinafter tweets posted by Avenatti:

The preceding tweets and similar others have raised many eyebrows. Therefore, Avenatti is now under fire regarding how he managed to ascertain Cohen’s bank records. The attorney is furthermore facing allegations of $5 million dollars of unpaid taxes and other unsavory business practices. His “fitness to practice law” has also come into question.

However, Avenatti recently spoke out, maintaining the innocuity of his business dealings:

The federal tax lien is related to an entity that was owned by another company that I used to have an interest in.

Nevertheless, more and more inquiries are coming to light. Questions about who is funding Avenatti also arose after Stormy Daniels confirmed via Twitter that she is not paying her attorney.

Avenatti weighed in with answers in the hereinafter tweets:

What Happens Going Forward?

Avenatti’s Cohen-related tweets largely contributed to the current investigations into his own business dealings. Questions are unlikely to subside anytime soon.

On Thursday morning, The Hill published a detailed op-ed questioning Avenatti’s funding, practices, and reliability.