BREAKING: See Michael Avenatti Convicted On All Counts

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BREAKING: See Michael Avenatti Convicted On All Counts.

Michael Avenatti, the virulently anti-Trump attorney of Stormy Daniels who for a time was a frequent CNN contributor, has been convicted of trying to extort $25 million from Nike.

USAToday reports Michael Avenatti, a lawyer who gained fame by representing a porn star in lawsuits against President Donald Trump, was convicted Friday of trying to extort sportswear giant Nike.

The verdict was returned Friday by a Manhattan federal jury after it deliberated charges of attempted extortion and honest services fraud in what prosecutors called Avenatti’s attempt to extort up to $25 million from Nike with threats to otherwise harm the company.

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The charges carry a combined potential penalty of 42 years in prison.

Avenatti, 48, became prominent during frequent cable television program appearances in 2018 and 2019 as journalists courted him for information about porn star Stormy Daniels and her claims of a Trump tryst before he became president and a payoff to remain silent about it.

Don Jr took advantage of political enemy Michael Avenatti being convicted of all counts in his Nike extortion case by pouring salt in his wounds with a brutal tweet.

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BREAKING: See Michael Avenatti Convicted On All Counts

,Michael Avenatti, the brash lawyer best known for representing the pornographic film actress Stormy Daniels in her lawsuits against President Trump, was convicted on Friday of trying to extort more than $20 million from the apparel giant Nike.

After three days of deliberations in the case, brought by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Manhattan, the jury found him guilty on all three counts, including attempted extortion and honest services fraud. Mr. Avenatti is scheduled to be sentenced in June.

At his peak of notoriety, Avenatti even touted himself as a potential political candidate who could run and beat President Donald Trump.

Donald Trump Jr. obliquely referred to those boasts after the guilty verdict was delivered, mockingly tweeting about Avenatti as a “former Democratic presidential candidate.”

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Mr. Avenatti was charged last spring with an array of federal crimes in both New York and California, where he lived.

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Another Trump tweet mocked Avenatti’s prediction that the President’s son would be indicted. “Aged like a fine wine … #basta,” Trump tweeted as he borrowed Avenatti’s frequent Twitter sign-off.

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Inside the federal courtroom in lower Manhattan, Avenatti glared at the jurors as the verdict was being announced. But he said nothing.

Afterward, he shook hands with his lawyers and told them “great job,” before he was led back to the cell where he has been held since a judge found he had violated his bail conditions.

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BREAKING: See Michael Avenatti Convicted On All Counts

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