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Michael Avenatti floats possibility of 2020 presidential run against Trump

Posted July 4, 2018 11:57 a.m. EDT

— Michael Avenatti, the lawyer representing adult film actress Stormy Daniels, floated the possibility Wednesday that he might run for president in 2020.

Avenatti, a frequent and high-profile critic of President Donald Trump, suggested on Twitter that he would run if Trump seeks re-election and if Avenatti does not believe any other candidate would be able to successfully run against him.

Avenatti followed up with another tweet saying, "To those that claim that only a traditional politician with 'experience' can beat Trump, go back & look at the results from 2016. He beat all 15 of those candidates that he faced (crushed many). If we go down the same path and are not smart, don't be surprised with the result."

Avenatti did not immediately respond to a request for comment from CNN about whether he has taken any steps toward making a run in 2020 or to lay the groundwork for a bid.

Avenatti has represented Daniels in a legal battle against Trump as well as the President's longtime personal attorney Michael Cohen.

Daniels has accused Trump and Cohen of defamation and has claimed that she had a consensual sexual encounter with Trump over a decade ago.

The White House has repeatedly denied that any such encounter took place.