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Aventatti called for packing the Supreme Court to 11 in order to turn it into a left-wing rubber stamp, and he also called for impeaching Kavanaugh and possibly [[Neil Gorsuch]].<ref>Swan, Jonathan (September 28, 2018). [https://www.axios.com/michael-avenatti-brett-kavanaugh-fbi-impeachment-11d4e6d9-285e-4372-aca6-83a01d90ad3e.html Avenatti wants “full” FBI Kavanaugh probe to be 2020 litmus test]. ''Axios''. Retrieved September 28, 2018.</ref>
 
Aventatti called for packing the Supreme Court to 11 in order to turn it into a left-wing rubber stamp, and he also called for impeaching Kavanaugh and possibly [[Neil Gorsuch]].<ref>Swan, Jonathan (September 28, 2018). [https://www.axios.com/michael-avenatti-brett-kavanaugh-fbi-impeachment-11d4e6d9-285e-4372-aca6-83a01d90ad3e.html Avenatti wants “full” FBI Kavanaugh probe to be 2020 litmus test]. ''Axios''. Retrieved September 28, 2018.</ref>
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After his failure to convince investigators to take his claims serious, the [[MSNBC]] star challenged Donald Trump Jr to a three round mixed martial arts  match in an effort to remain relevent.<ref>https://youtu.be/lir65rFjkwE</ref>
  
 
==FISA abuse and the Stormy Daniels affair==
 
==FISA abuse and the Stormy Daniels affair==

Revision as of 10:31, 10 October 2018

Michael Avenatti.

Michael Avenatti is a long-time Democrat Party operative who received illegal raw FISA data related to Donald Trump attorney Michael Cohen from the Obama administration. While conducting illegal FISA surveillance on the 2016 Trump campaign in search of Russia collusion, the Obama FBI only discovered a payment of $130,000 Cohen made to a prostitute, Stormy Daniels. The information was turned over to Avenatti to pursue civil action on behalf of the woman so as to mask Obama's illegal domestic spying and meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

Avanetti is known for his frequent self-promoting cable TV appearances where he presents himself as the epitome of a classic "shyster lawyer" and a Democrat presidential candidate in 2020.

Judge Kimba Woods instructed Avenatti that his TV "publicity tour" endangered Michael Cohen's right to a fair trial.[1]

Education

Michael Avenatti attended George Washington University Law School where he worked with Professor Jonathan Turley on constitutional issues relating to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).

While in college and later in law school, Avenatti worked at The Research Group, a mysterious outfit run by former Bill Clinton staffer and Obama Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, where he served as an "opposition researcher" for Senator Joe Biden and 150 other campaigns in 42 states.[2] Avenatii's mentor, Rahm Emanuel is known to have sent a dead fish to an opponent,[3] evoking the image of a mafia gangland war in a political campaign.[4]

Avenatti currently is a staple pundit on MSNBC.

Legal problems

In 2013 Avenatti formed a company, Global Baristas, to buy Seattle-based Tully's Coffee out of bankruptcy.[5] Avenatti first formed a partnership with actor Patrick Dempsey, but Dempsey later backed away from the venture after a short legal battle that resulted in a settlement.[6] Since 2015, Global Baristas has been named in more than 50 lawsuits in state and federal courts for breach of contract, unpaid bills, and unpaid taxes.[7]

In 2017, a Florida man named Gerald Tobin alleged Avenatti failed to pay him $28,700 for private investigatory work. As a result, Avenatti's firm was abruptly forced into bankruptcy.[8] Tobin's claim caused Avenatti to cancel a deposition in an unrelated lawsuit days later, raising the question of collusion between Avenatti and Tobin. The issue was resolved when the pair entered into a Non-Disclosure Agreement, and Avenatti paid Tobin the $28,700.[8]

In 2018, Avenatti's law firm was subjected to a $10 million judgment in U.S. bankruptcy court.[9] Avenatti has also defaulted on a $440,000 judgment in back taxes, penalties, and interest that he was personally obligated to pay under another bankruptcy settlement. The U.S. Attorney's office asserted in court that a motion seeking payment would soon be filed against Avenatti.[9] Eagan Avenatti LLP had been in Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings and, in December 2017, had agreed to pay $4.8 million in unpaid fees to a former partner, $2 million in back taxes, and $1 million to other creditors.[10] In June 2018, the former partner filed a motion in U.S. bankruptcy court asking for a lien on any and all legal fees Avenatti's firm might collect, up to $10 million, from clients in 54 cases including his representation of Stormy Daniels.[11]

Kavanaugh smear

Main article: Kavanaugh smear

Michael Avenatti accused Judge Brett Kavanaugh of targeting women for gang rape with alcohol and drugs.[12] Avenatti publicly announced he was in contact with an anonymous accuser.[13] A woman phoned him claiming she was 51 years old and was victimized by Kavanaugh and Kavanaugh's friend. She gave Avenatti a phone number of another male who then confirmed all the allegations. Avenatti promised to bring forward the accuser before the Thursday hearing. The story was repeated by ABC News, CBS News, PBS, USA Today and other mainstream outlets.

Avenatti called the alleged accuser back 10 times. He asked her to go on Anderson Cooper 360. She was reticent. He then offered her $20,000 for a one-on-one interview with Poppy Harlow of CNN.

The night before the hearing, Avenatti was exposed to have been hoaxed by two trolls on 4chan using burner phones.[14]

Aventatti called for packing the Supreme Court to 11 in order to turn it into a left-wing rubber stamp, and he also called for impeaching Kavanaugh and possibly Neil Gorsuch.[15]

After his failure to convince investigators to take his claims serious, the MSNBC star challenged Donald Trump Jr to a three round mixed martial arts match in an effort to remain relevent.[16]

FISA abuse and the Stormy Daniels affair

See also: FISA abuse and Stormy Daniels

In early 2016 NSA Director Adm. Mike Rogers, tasked with overseeing the vast databases used in FISA surveillance, detected unusual activity among Obama FBI contractors with FISA access, and ordered a compliance audit.[17][18][19] Nellie Ohr worked for FusionGPS since late 2015[20] and held a CIA security clearance.[21] Contractor access was terminated on April 18, 2016.[22][23]

After FusionGPS was hired by the 2016 Clinton campaign in April 2016 and cut off from access by the FISA Compliance Audit, FusionGPS and the DOJ needed a work around for continued access to FISA 702 information in order to spy on the Trump campaign. Nellie could use her husband, Obama Associate Attorney General Bruce Ohr’s high level DOJ access to continue gathering FISA-702 data.[24]

FISA 702 searches may not, by law, ever be used to target American citizens; they may only be used to target non-citizens outside the United States. Even non-citizens inside the United States enjoy Fourth Amendment protections.[25] FBI contractor access to the FISA database was cutoff for this reason - the Obama FBI under James Comey had violated the civil and constitutional rights of some 5,000 Americans by committing illegal FISA 702 searches beginning shortly after Donald Trump organized his national presidential campaign.[26][27]

One such case was Trump attorney Michael Cohen.

See also

References

  1. https://thefederalist.com/2018/06/04/judge-tells-avenatti-publicity-tour-endangering-michael-cohens-right-fair-trial/
  2. https://avenatti.com/bio/
  3. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-rahm-emanuel-timeline-htmlstory.html
  4. https://youtu.be/8nyON_VDIhw
  5. Report: Tully's Stores Run Out of Coffee as Rebranding Looms.
  6. Dempsey walks away from Tully's after suing partner. Seattle Times (August 23, 2013).
  7. Kamb, Lewis. "Before Stormy Daniels, her attorney faced allegations of dubious business dealings at Tully's Coffee", Seattle Times, April 7, 2018. 
  8. 8.0 8.1 Exclusive: How a 'nobody' ex-con pushed Avenatti law firm into bankruptcy.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Finnegan, Michael. "Law firm of Stormy Daniels' attorney hit with $10-million judgment", Los Angeles Times, May 22, 2018. 
  10. Judge OKs Eagan Avenatti's Exit From Ch. 11. Lexis Law 360. Retrieved on 19 March 2018.
  11. "Lawyer moves to seize Stormy Daniels' crowdfunding cash in Avenatti spat", Los Angeles Times. 
  12. https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Dn0mJm8WsAAX2kI.jpg
  13. http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/ny-news-brett-kavanaugh-gang-rape-avenatti-20180923-story.html
  14. https://amp.dailydot.com/layer8/michael-avenatti-4chan-prank-claim/
  15. Swan, Jonathan (September 28, 2018). Avenatti wants “full” FBI Kavanaugh probe to be 2020 litmus test. Axios. Retrieved September 28, 2018.
  16. https://youtu.be/lir65rFjkwE
  17. https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/982755355842105344.html
  18. In March 2016, NSA Director Rogers became aware of improper access to raw FISA data. "Private contractors had access to raw FISA information on FBI storage systems," Pages 83-84 of April 2017 FISA Court Ruling. In April of 2016, Rogers directed the NSA’s Office of Compliance to conduct a “fundamental baseline review of compliance associated with 702”, Senate testimony June 7, 2017.
  19. https://youtu.be/CIJGH9RS2Fc
  20. https://dailycaller.com/2018/08/30/bruce-ohr-dossier-fbi/
  21. Nellie Ohr represented the CIA's "Open Source Works" group in a 2010 "expert working group report on international organized crime" along with her husband Bruce Ohr and FusionGPS founder Glenn Simpson. Open Source Works, the CIA’s in-house open source analysis component, is devoted to intelligence analysis of unclassified, open source information. The directive that established Open Source Works is classified, as is the charter of the organization.
    The directive itself that established Open Source Works is classified, as is the charter of the organization. CIA says the existence of any such records is a classified fact. “The CIA can neither confirm nor deny the existence or nonexistence of records responsive to your request,” wrote Susan Viscuso, CIA Information and Privacy Coordinator, in a November 29, 2017 response to a Freedom of Information Act request from Jeffrey Richelson of the National Security Archive for the Open Source Works directive and charter.
    “The fact of the existence or nonexistence of requested records is currently and properly classified and is intelligence sources and methods information that is protected from disclosure,” Dr. Viscuso wrote. This is a surprising development since Open Source Works — by definition — does not engage in clandestine collection of intelligence. Rather, it performs analysis based on unclassified, open source materials. -FAS
    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-12-12/mccabe-cancels-testimony-something-far-more-sinister-fusion-gps
  22. pp. 83-84
  23. https://www.intelligence.senate.gov/hearings/open-hearing-fisa-legislation-0#
  24. Nellie and Bruce Ohr and Fusion founder Glenn Simpson collaborated on other projects in the past. Expert Working Group Report on International Organized Crime, John T. Picarelli, Discussion Paper Document No.: 230846, National Institute of Justice, June 2010, p. 30 PDF. Published by the United States Dept. of Justice.
  25. Although Americans are sometimes caught up in incidental collection, and their names are required to be masked, an American is never to be targeted under any circumstances by a 702 search query, which does not require a FISA warrant. To target an American, probable cause and a FISA warrant must be adjudicated by a FISA court. 702 queries are conducted by low-level administors, and the technology is ripe for massive abuse, as occurred under President Obama.
  26. https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/05/trump-campaign-spying-obama-administration-investigation/
  27. https://spectator.org/did-trump-really-save-america-from-socialism/