Avenatti: 'I’m exploring a run for the presidency'
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Stormy Daniels’s attorney, Michael Avenatti, said Thursday that he's officially exploring a run for U.S. president in 2020. 

"I’m exploring a run for the presidency of the United States," Avenatti told The Des Moines Register, a day before he's scheduled to speak at the Democratic Wing Ding fundraiser in Iowa. 

"I wanted to come to Iowa and listen to people and learn about some issues that are facing the citizens of Iowa and do my homework." 

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The Register notes that the event Avenatti is speaking at is a historic platform for presidential hopefuls. 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonFBI’s top lawyer believed Hillary Clinton should face charges, but was talked out of it Harris adds key Clinton aide, women of color to 2020 campaign: report Democrats more likely Trump's foil, than to foil Trump MORE and Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersBernie Sanders to sign pledge affirming he will run as a Democrat Overnight Health Care — Presented by National Taxpayers Union — Drug pricing fight centers on insulin | Florida governor working with Trump to import cheaper drugs | Dems blast proposed ObamaCare changes Hillicon Valley: Microsoft reveals new Russian hack attempts | Google failed to disclose hidden microphone | Booker makes late HQ2 bid | Conservative group targets Ocasio-Cortez over Amazon MORE (I-Vt.) attended in 2015. 

"I think there’s a huge appetite within the party for a fighter," Avenatti added. "I think the party has yearned for a fighter — a fighter for good, if you will — for a significant period of time. And for many, I’m probably seen as that individual."

Many have speculated that Avenatti is considering a run for the presidency based on the many public appearances he makes. He is representing Daniels, an adult-film star whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, in her lawsuits against President TrumpDonald John TrumpJustice Department preparing for Mueller report as soon as next week: reports Smollett lawyers declare 'Empire' star innocent Pelosi asks members to support resolution against emergency declaration MORE.

Avenatti told The Hill in July that he's given "serious thought" to the prospect of running. Avenatti said at the time that the Democratic Party is need of "a street fighter … someone that can give as good as they take."

Avenatti has publicly mocked the president this year. Earlier this week, he mocked Trump by asking in a tweet if anyone had seen the "check from Mexico that was going to pay for the ridiculous wall?" 

Avennati's client, Daniels, is suing Trump and his then-attorney Michael Cohen over a nondisclosure agreement supposedly meant to keep her quiet about to an alleged affair with the president a decade ago. She claims that the deal is void because the president did not sign the document. Daniels is also suing him for defamation.