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Michael Avennati

The veteran trial attorney Michael Avennati, who has frequently spoken to the media as the lawyer for Stormy Daniels, says he has yet to decide if he will run to unseat president Donald Trump in 2020, however he is helping raise money for Democrats and trying to “take the temperature” of potential voters as he explores a presidential run.

Mr Avenatti is emphatic about one thing. He is not on “a listening tour,” he told The Washington Post by phone Saturday, because that’s something politicians say.

But whoever the Democrats name as their nominee, he said, needs to be a “fighter.” He is one, he said, and could be a serious threat to a second Trump term.

It may be the only thing he and Stephen Bannon agree on.

‘Avenatti could be the Trump of 2020, the guy who’s the outsider, who blows through the regular politician because he looks different’, Bannon said.

“[Avenatti]’s got a fearlessness,” Mr Bannon, the Republican strategist and former senior White House adviser, told Bill Maher Friday night on HBO. “And he’s a fighter. I think he’ll go through a lot of that field, if he decides to stick with it, like a scythe through grass.”

The Independent UK

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