Politics

Avenatti rules out 2020 White House bid, cites family concerns

Amid waning political support and a criminal allegation of domestic abuse, high-profile attorney Michael Avenatti announced this week that he is suspending tentative plans to launch a 2020 presidential campaign.

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“After consultation with my family and at their request, I have decided not to seek the Presidency of the United States in 2020,” he tweeted this week. “I do not make this decision lightly — I make it out of respect for my family. But for their concerns, I would run.”

Avenatti added that he plans to continue representing adult film star Stephanie Clifford — known professionally as Stormy Daniels — in her legal action against President Donald Trump.

He said he will continue working to see Trump removed from office, including expressing his thoughts about who the Democratic Party will select to take on the president in two years.

“The party must immediately recognize that many of the likely candidates are not battletested and have no real chance at winning,” he wrote. “We will not prevail in 2020 without a fighter. I remain hopeful the party finds one.”

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