It is astonishing how quickly the tables can turn. President Trump has been exonerated, but one of his enemies is now facing up to 335 years behind bars if convicted of all charges.
Disgraced anti-Trump lawyer Michael Avenatti, once considered a rising Democrat star and potential candidate for president, could spend the rest of his life in prison for his alleged crimes.
The astonishing details, which were revealed in a 36-count indictment filed by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) against Avenatti, paint a picture of a man who’s played loose with the law and ethics for years.
Avenatti is accused of stealing millions of dollars from clients, including from a paraplegic he represented. He is also facing charges that “he didn’t pay his taxes, committed bank fraud and lied in bankruptcy proceedings,” according to a
Ryan Corner, special agent in charge for the IRS Criminal Investigation unit, said Avenatti “failed to meet his obligation to the government” and “the indictment announced today sends a clear message that no one is above the law.”
For his part, Avenatti can’t seem to keep his mouth shut. He’s called allegations that he mishandled clients’ money “bogus nonsense” on Twitter. “I look forward to proving my innocence,” he wrote. Adios, Avenatti.
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