CNN bet big on one story to be the smoking gun that took down Donald Trump.
And to that end, they promoted one man as the key to this effort.
But now this CNN star faces 333 years in prison from these hideous crimes.
Celebrity attorney Michael Avenatti was a fixture on CNN and MSNBC.
Avenatti represented Stormy Daniels in her lawsuit to break free of an alleged hush money agreement so she could hurl charges that President Trump conducted a one-night affair with her back in 2006 when Melania Trump was pregnant with the couple’s son Barron.
CNN brought Avenatti on their various programs 74 times in just a ten week period from March– when Daniels first told her story on CBS’s “60 Minutes” – to May 2018.
He appeared on all the various cable news channels a whopping 131 times with 54 of those guest appearances on MSNBC.
But no network bet bigger on Avenatti than CNN.
And Avenatti soaked it up for all it was worth.
He emerged from the story as a possible Presidential candidate and CNN’s chief spokesman for the Democratic Party – so-called media “reporter” Brian Stelter – even declared on the air that he was taking an Avenatti Presidential run seriously.
Flashback: CNN’s @brianstelter touts Michael Avenatti as a “serious” contender for 2020.
“And looking ahead to 2020, one reason I’m taking you seriously as a contender is because of your presence on cable news.” pic.twitter.com/c5JEdVrLiJ
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) March 25, 2019
But there will be no Presidential campaign.
And Avenatti’s fall was even more dramatic than his rise.
Federal prosecutors in Los Angeles unveiled a 36 count grand jury indictment against Avenatti alleging he embezzled settlement money from a paraplegic man, didn’t pay his taxes, committed bank fraud and lied during a bankruptcy proceedings.
“If convicted of the 36 crimes alleged in the indictment, Mr. Avenatti would face a statutory maximum of 333 years in federal prison plus a mandatory two-year consecutive term for an identity theft count. Of course, the ultimate sentence would be to a judge following a conviction,” United States Attorney Nick Hanna explained while announcing the changes against Avenatti,
“Mr. Avenatti failed to meet his obligation to the government and now faces severe consequences if convicted of the crimes in the indictment, including significant jail time, substantial fines and the forfeiture of his assets,” IRS Criminal Investigation Acting Special Agent in Charge Ryan Korner detailed. “As the tax filing season comes to an end, the indictment announced today sends a clear message that no one is above the law.”
Avenatti responded defiantly on social media.
“Any claim that any monies due clients were mishandled is bogus nonsense. By way of example only (there are MANY more like this), here is a document Mr. Johnson signed less than a month ago attesting to my ethics and how his case was handled. I look forward to proving my innocence ,” Aventati tweeted.
This caps off a brutal string of embarrassments for CNN.
First, CNN – along with many others in the so-called “mainstream” media – were exposed as lying hucksters for trying to peddle a conspiracy theory about Donald Trump colluding with the Russians.
Then, they doubled down on the misinformation by falsely refuting Attorney General William Barr’s testimony that the Obama administration and the FBI conspired to spy on Donald Trump’s Presidential campaign.
Finally, the Avenatti arrest hit the trifecta.
CNN made him in to a political star by uncritically airing interviews with him and never pressing him on the multiple documented allegations of corrupt or illegal conduct in his past.
They were happy to turn their network over to a shady lawyer because he was a fellow Democrat making common cause with CNN’s crusade to overthrow Donald Trump.
We will keep you up to date on any new developments in this ongoing story.