It’s been a bad week for critics of President Trump.
After the Mueller report completely cleared Trump of any collusion with the Russians, Trump’s biggest critics are now playing defense after lying about the President for years.
And now, one top Trump critic is about to head to jail after doing the unthinkable.
President Trump is on a roll.
After being cleared of any wrongdoing by Robert Mueller’s investigation, Trump destroyed the left’s phony “Russian collusion” conspiracy theory.
And now, his biggest critics are left grasping for straws.
While they work to spin the news in their favor, one Trump critic is busy preparing his defense after being arrested for doing something completely unthinkable.
Reuters has the story, “Attorney Michael Avenatti, who represented adult film star Stormy Daniels in her legal battles with U.S. President Donald Trump, was charged on Monday with what prosecutors said was an attempt to “shake down” Nike Inc for over $20 million.”
Michael Avenatti is possibly the worst of the worst among Trump critics.
A man who boasted he could defeat the President in a general election, after announcing he wouldn’t run when he learned he wasn’t breaking even 1% in the polls, Avenatti is one of the biggest losers of 2019.
His top client, Stormy Daniels, ended up dropping him and throwing him under the bus after complaining about his “extreme dishonesty” when dealing with her.
Avenatti then got the bright idea to line his pockets by trying to extort Nike.
“Prosecutors said Avenatti and another lawyer, who was not named in court papers, met with Nike’s attorneys on March 19 and told them they had a client, a former amateur coach, who had evidence Nike employees had bribed top high school players to play for Nike-sponsored college teams,” reports Reuters.
“According to the criminal complaint, Avenatti told Nike he would go public unless it paid his client $1.5 million and hired him and the other lawyer to conduct an internal investigation for between $15 million and $25 million.”
Avenatti even went so far as to post on Twitter that he would be holding a press conference to expose a major “scandal perpetrated by @Nike that we have uncovered.”
Hours later, he was arrested for trying to extort millions of dollars from Nike by threatening to use his public persona to attack the company’s reputation.
“A suit and tie does not mask the fact that, at its core, this was an old-fashioned shakedown,” Geoffrey Berman, the U.S. attorney in Manhattan, said in a news conference announcing Avenatti’s arrest.
That same day, “Federal prosecutors in California unveiled separate charges against Avenatti on Monday, accusing him of misusing a client’s $1.6 million settlement to pay for his own expenses as well as those for his coffee business,” according to Reuters.
Avenatti is now looking at serious time behind bars if he’s found guilty of either set of charges.
He currently faces up to 30 years in prison for the charges in California, with an additional 20 years in New York for the extortion charges.
We will keep you up to date with any new developments in this ongoing story.