Stormy Daniels’ lawyer Michael Avenatti might one day run for political office. Well, maybe, maybe not, but Avenatti implied it’s something he’s thought about while speaking to Bill Maher on Friday night’s episode of “Real Time.”
“As you know, there’s a small matter I’m presently focused on,” said Avenatti when Maher asked him if he saw a future in politics. “But we will see how that goes. And, I’ll tell you what: if, at the end of that, you decide that makes sense for me, I’ll do it!”
Like we said — maybe, maybe not.
Avenatti hinted at his possible political ambitions while talking to Maher at the top of the show. But as usual, while the colorful attorney had plenty of snappy things to say, he also managed to not say anything too specific about what, if anything, might be coming from the unfolding drama between Trump and his client, Daniels.
Asked by Maher how he feels about his “newfound fame,” said Avenatti: “Wait until we actually accomplish something in the coming months.” Juicy! Sort of!
Asked what’s coming, Avenatti said he believes he’ll get “an opportunity to depose” Trump and his personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, “in the next 60 days.”
Maher was skeptical about this, noting that Trump is somewhat above the law, and likely could only be convicted of wrongdoing via impeachment, which would require supermajorites in both houses of congress. “You think he’ll give a f—?” Maher asked?
“He should,” Avenatti countered, adding that refusing to appear in court if ordered would set off “what’s called a constitutional crisis.”
“He should? Hello,” Maher replied with heavy sarcasm.
Avenatti said however that he think’s Trump’s big weakness is Cohen, whose office and home were raided two weeks ago and who is currently under federal investigation for what the Washington Post reports are possible charges of bank fraud, wire fraud and violations of campaign finance law.
“What we’re seeing is the dominoes are already starting to fall. I truly believe this is the Achilles heel of the president. He has trusted a moron with his innermost secrets,” Avenatti said. “The problem is that he has surrounded himself, in his adult life, with people that are incompetent, and the chickens are going to come home to roost.”
Avenatti said he thinks Cohen is Trump’s big weakness because “there is reason to believe Michael Cohen was undertaking efforts to destroy documents.”
But that, aside from his remarks about a possible political career, was about as specific as Avenatti got during the chat. Instead, he quipped and snarked as Maher buttered him up.
It was a brief, enjoyable-to-watch exchange, but viewers tuning in hoping for a huge moment similar to Michael Wolff’s insinuation two months ago that Trump had an affair with one of his appointees should look elsewhere.
In other words, stay tuned everyone. It’s gonna be while before Avenatti plays all of his cards, whatever they are.