Michael Avenatti — Convicted for Similar Crime Committed by Trump — Faces Decades in Prison
Lawyer Michael Avenatti — who gained fame by representing porn star Stormy Daniels — was convicted by a federal jury in Manhattan of trying to extort up to $25 million from sportswear giant Nike.
Prosecutors claimed Avenatti threatened to stage a news conference to implicate Nike in a college basketball scandal unless he got paid, reports the Associated Press.
Similarly, President Donald Trump told the Ukraine government on July 25, 2019, to dig up dirt on American citizens Joe Biden and Hunter Biden in exchange for hundreds of millions in aid, in violation of the Impoundment Control Act.
Trump was acquitted by the Republican-controlled Senate whose leader, Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), publicly stated before the trial that he was working with Trump’s lawyers to acquit Trump.
The federal jury that convicted Avenatti was not allowed to make any such declarations before the trial.
U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman was allowed to call witnesses against Avenatti, but Trump’s lawyers and Republicans blocked witnesses from testifying against Trump in his trial. Trump even bragged about concealing evidence from the trial.
(Source: The Associated Press via Yahoo)