For reasons no one understands, Donald Trump chose former New York City Mayor Rudy Guiliani as his legal spokesperson on the investigations and legal claims made against the president. Since he began appearing on television, mostly on Fox News, he has repeatedly contradicted Trump’s public claims and has done a very poor job of communicating any messages he was hired to pass on to the public.
On Wednesday, Guiliani appeared on Fox News host Laura Ingraham’s show and tried to discredit adult film star and producer Stormy Daniel’s (Stephanie Clifford) lawyer, Michael Avenatti. Calling him a “make believe lawyer” and said that the Trump team is not concerned with anything about him. They should be, however. Avenatti has found and released damning evidence of the Trump camp’s financial corruption.
Avenatti, unlike Guiliani, has advocated for his client quite well on repeated television appearances and in court. In response to the former mayor’s insulting statements on Fox News, he tweeted a quick reminder of Guiliani’s career as a lawyer.
Guiliani’s legal career in Reagan’s administration lawyer actually officially ended in 1989 when he resigned in disgrace as accusations arose that he was using his position as an executive attorney general for financial gain and his own political ambitions. To be clear, that was nearly 30 years ago. He returned to his former law firm and ran a failed campaign for mayor against Ed Koch the same year. In 1993, Guiliani won his bid for mayor and officially ended his work in the legal field. That was 25 years ago.
Avenatti, on the other hand, graduated at the top of his class at the University of Pennsylvania and has worked as an attorney in a high profile legal firm and entered into private practice 11 years ago. Since then, he has successfully settled some of the highest-settlement lawsuits in the history of California.
Guiliani should probably think twice before claiming that Avenatti isn’t really a lawyer, since the former mayor hasn’t even practiced law for a few decades.
Avenatti’s Twitter followers sent messages of support and were quick to shoot down criticism of the job the attorney has done so far on behalf of Clifford. See some of their responses below:
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