(National Sentinel) Gaming: Stormy Daniels lawyer Michael Avenatti’s been running a game now for weeks and it’s looking more and more likely that his past is about to catch up with him big time.
Avenatti has been on CNN nearly 60 times and each time he’s appeared he claims to have the moral high ground regarding President Donald J. Trump’s alleged one-time bedding of porn star Daniels (we aren’t buying the story, by the way).
But now the skeletons in his own closets are beginning to emerge.
Lately, there have been questions about Avenatti’s real role here — is he her lawyer? A political pimp running an operation? An opposition research guy? A tool of the Deep State? And who’s paying him — because Stormy has admitted she isn’t.
There are also questions about how he came into possession of Trump lawyer Michael Cohen’s bank records and how, exactly, he managed to obtain banking transactions for two men also named Michael Cohen who he wrongly accused of being dirty in a seven-page “dossier” (there’s that word again) that was released earlier this week.
The Treasury Department will be looking into that.
There are more questions — like those pertaining to a bankrupt coffee chain Avenatti left with $5 million in unpaid taxes to the IRS, along with allegations he still owes $160,000 for unpaid coffee as well as 45 lawsuits all linked to the failed endeavor, Zero Hedge is reporting.
As noted by Business Insider:
Avenatti purchased Tully’s out of bankruptcy in 2013, in partnership with actor Patrick Dempsey, who is best known for his role as Derek “McDreamy” Shepherd in the TV show “Grey’s Anatomy.” Dempsey sued Avenatti in August 2013 to break off the partnership.
Since then, Tully’s has significantly struggled. More than 45 lawsuits have been filed against the chain’s parent company, which Avenatti says he no longer owns. In 2017, the company owed roughly $5 million in unpaid taxes to the Internal Revenue Service. And, in March, the coffee chain abruptly closed all locations.
“One of the companies left in Avenatti’s wake is Dillanos Coffee Roasters, which CEO David Morris says is owed over $160,000 for beans,” Zero Hedge notes further.
In addition to this, the state of California is investigating Avenatti with an eye towards disbarring him, according to high-powered attorney Robert Barnes.
— Robert Barnes (@Barnes_Law) May 9, 2018
Then, of course, there is the leak of sensitive personal information regarding Cohen’s financial transactions — none of which, by the way, have been deemed improper or illegal (or came from “Russian,” or was part of the $130,000 payment, as Avenatti first alleged)
As noted by The Daily Beast‘s Kate Briquelet:
A spokesman for the Office of the Inspector General told ABC News that investigators are probing whether Suspicious Activity Report information “has been improperly disseminated.” The IG investigation arose from a New York Times report that apparently included the same information Avenatti released, according to ABC News.
tax lawyers interviewed by The Daily Beast say they’re puzzled that Avenatti would have access to Cohen’s banking info—especially after Daniels’ civil case was put on hold, and because the feds are still investigating Cohen. They said it’s highly unusual for SARs, which are confidential and not to be made public, to be leaked.
Experts told The Daily Beast the level of detail in Avenatti’s report suggests he obtained Treasury documents that only the agency’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) had access to or which were requested by law enforcement—such as the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, which has been investigating Cohen for months, reportedly eyeing the Trump stalwart for possible bank fraud, wire fraud, and campaign-finance violations.
Notes the Las Vegas-based Barnes: “I think somebody from the SDNY is leaking. The degree to which Avenatti had details implicates them badly.”
He notes further: “The only people who had BOTH the
#Cohen bank information & the FINCEN information is the #Mueller team & #SDNY. Either way, federal law enforcement is illegally leaking private records to embarrass Trump in violation of criminal laws through ethically-suspect lawyer #Avenatti.”
The only people who had BOTH the #Cohen bank information & the FINCEN information is the #Mueller team & #SDNY. Either way, federal law enforcement is illegally leaking private records to embarrass Trump in violation of criminal laws through ethically-suspect lawyer #Avenatti. pic.twitter.com/rhUzSGMRHt
— Robert Barnes (@Barnes_Law) May 9, 2018
Someone is using Avenatti to run another scam to undermine Trump, clearly. Since Jeff Sessions seems to be AWOL, maybe investigators at the Treasury Dept. will step in and do his job for him.
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