Michael Avenatti has been sentenced to four years in prison for stealing from his client Stormy Daniels. Mike Papantonio & Farron Cousins discuss more.


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Mike Papantonio:             Michael Avenatti has been sentenced to four years in prison for stealing from his client Stormy Daniels. What everybody doesn’t understand is this guy has stolen from everybody. He, the most compelling story is he stole from one of his paraplegic clients where he just basically stole all the money that was supposed to go to the client.

Farron Cousins:                  Yeah.

Mike Papantonio:             And so, so this, this is an awful person who, oh, by the way, oh yeah, the Democrats thought he might be the new great white hope for the Democratic party. You remember that?

Farron Cousins:                  Yeah. Right. When this guy emerged in 2017, 2018 with Stormy Daniels, he was on every single cable news show, every Sunday morning talk show.

Mike Papantonio:             Yeah.

Farron Cousins:                  A whole profile was written about how this guy and his fighting style, this is what the Democrats have been sorely needing. Is he possibly gonna be our 2020 nominee? They were saying at the time, back in 18.

Mike Papantonio:             Because he, he, he attacked Trump. He was good at the Trump, I mean, who couldn’t attack Trump?

Farron Cousins:                  Right.

Mike Papantonio:             I mean, anybody, anybody had enough information to go after. But from the very beginning, you, you identified the guy as an absolute utter fraud.

Farron Cousins:                  Yeah.

Mike Papantonio:             I mean, you had some of the first stories about this guy being an absolute fraud and on the other, because you had the stories where he had this long history of him stealing money from clients, committing fraud, complete, committing wire, you know, wire transfer.

Farron Cousins:                  Wire fraud, tax fraud, bank fraud. I mean, his firm was going under, by the way, before Stormy Daniels showed up and basically saved everything for him.

Mike Papantonio:             Did I get it right though? My memory is that the Democrats thought, oh, this is the guy.

Farron Cousins:                  Well, they, they really did. There were think pieces in every major media outlet that, could this be the future of the Democratic party? I mean, people go, go look.

Mike Papantonio:             Why, why does that happen?

Farron Cousins:                  It’s hero worship. It is 100%. We’re so pathetic. We need a leader. And this conman who is just like Donald Trump shows up and he says, hey, I’m your leader. Look at me. I’ve got a fancy law degree. I’ve, I’ve, I’ve helped people and forget the stealing part.

Mike Papantonio:             Yeah, yeah.

Farron Cousins:                  And I’m, I’m, I’m a tough talker. I’m not taking any crap while I’m on cable news.

Mike Papantonio:             Yeah.

Farron Cousins:                  And people said, wow, it’s so rare for us to see anybody on the left fight that, sure, we’ll follow you wherever you’re going, Mr. Piper.

Mike Papantonio:             So right now he’s looking at potential six years, right? Two that he’s already been, two that where he’s, he’s, he threatened Nike. If you, if you don’t pay me 20, it was, it was ransom.

Farron Cousins:                  Yeah.

Mike Papantonio:             You gotta pay me a ransom or.

Farron Cousins:                  Pay me $20 million or I’m going public.

Mike Papantonio:             Yeah. And then, and then you got four years that are new. Correct?

Farron Cousins:                  Yeah.

Mike Papantonio:             And then you’ve got other charges throughout the, throughout the country. Now I wanna point something out. Most all of that was already known.

Farron Cousins:                  Yeah.

Mike Papantonio:             When MSNBC was putting him up as the talking head, when CNN said he might be the great white hope, all of that was already known, but they, the corporate media didn’t tell that part of the story. So the average voter thought, wow, this is the guy. He’s a tough talker. Right?

Farron Cousins:                  Right. And then of course, after Avenatti fell from grace, the next person they flocked to was immediately Andrew Cuomo.

Mike Papantonio:             Yeah.

Farron Cousins:                  So.

Mike Papantonio:             Jesus.

Farron Cousins:                  They, they don’t have a good track record on picking their next Democratic hero, if those are the two guys that at one point were supposed to save the party.

Mike Papantonio:             Well, Republicans aren’t any better.

Farron Cousins:                  Right.

Mike Papantonio:             It’s the Democrats the same as, I mean, it’s human nature. We need a hero and we are just so tied into hero worship in this country. We really are. It’s just so sad that we, you know, we’ve fallen so far that, yeah, he looks like a tough talker. That’s exactly what. Well, why don’t you go take a look at his background. Farron, thanks for joining me. Okay.

Farron Cousins:                  Thank you.

Mike Papantonio:             That’s all for this week. But all of these segments are gonna be available this coming week right here on this channel. And you can follow us on Twitter @americaslawyer. I’m Mike Papantonio and this has been America’s Lawyer where every week we tell you is stories that corporate media won’t tell you because their advertisers won’t let ’em or their political connections just don’t allow for it. We’ll see you next time.

Mike Papantonio is an American attorney and television and radio talk show host. He is past president of The National Trial Lawyers, the most prestigious trial lawyer association in America; and is one of the few living attorneys inducted into the Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame. He hosts the international television show "America's Lawyer"; and co-hosts Ring of Fire Radio, a nationally syndicated weekly radio program, with Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and Sam Seder.