Michael Avenatti, the attorney representing Stormy Daniels, is facing some serious allegations, which could see him disbarred and even sent to jail.
This past week, Avenatti revealed the financial records of Michael Cohen, President Trump’s personal attorney. As those records are confidential, Avenatti could have broken the law in obtaining them, and releasing them. Some are calling for an investigation into Avenatti, which could lead to charges and jail time.
The Stormy Daniels lawyer who tweeted bombshell allegations this week against Trump attorney Michael Cohen is now facing questions about his own business dealings — as well as how he obtained Cohen’s bank records.
Since Michael Avenatti cited financial records to accuse Cohen of receiving $500,000 from a Russian oligarch-tied company — and other media outlets detailed that and other transactions — a frenzy has erupted over Cohen’s dealings at the dawn of the Trump administration. The records suggest Cohen’s firm was paid huge sums for insight into the Trump administration.
AT&T and pharmaceutical giant Novartis, both of which paid Cohen’s firm, also said this week they had been questioned by Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team about their relationship with him. The lawyer is under investigation, in part over a $130,000 payment to Daniels in exchange for her silence about an alleged sexual encounter with President Trump a decade ago.
The controversy over Avenatti even goes back to his personal business dealings, which appear to indicate possible attempts to defraud. The allegations could cause him to be disbarred.
Recently, a complaint was filed against him to the California State Bar Association regarding his role in purchasing Tully’s Coffee several years ago through an entity called Global Baristas.
The complaint, first obtained and reported by The Seattle Times, was filed by attorney David Nold of Bellevue, Wash. The complaint says Avenatti and Global Baristas faced a lien for unpaid federal taxes worth roughly $5 million, claiming taxes were withheld from workers’ paychecks but not paid to the government. The complaint from Nold, as posted by The Seattle Times, called into question Avenatti’s “fitness to practice law.”
Since the coffee chain purchase, Tully’s has shuttered its stores (though the closures were described as temporary) as Global Baristas has dealt with numerous lawsuits.
The paper trail for that deal is maddeningly complex.
Fox News obtained a copy of the notice of federal tax lien in question, sent to “Global Baristas US LLC” and “Michael J Avenatti MBR [member].”
But Avenatti reportedly says he thinks Global Baristas has paid the outstanding taxes. Further, Avenatti claimed to Fox News that he wasn’t a “member” of Global Baristas US LLC — but rather the entity that owned it, Global Baristas LLC.
“The federal tax lien is related to an entity that was owned by another company that I used to have an interest in,” Avenatti told Fox News Thursday. “At no point in time was I ever responsible for any taxes for Global Baristas US LLC, nor was I ever a member of that entity, nor did I own any direct interest in that entity.”