School resource officer under investigation for arresting two children, ages 6 and 8
Avenatti says he expects to be indicted within 48 hours
Attorney Michael Avenatti said Tuesday that he expects to be indicted on charges related to his March arrest within 48 hours.
In a statement released on his Twitter account, which is currently set to private, the attorney who represented Stormy Daniels in her defamation suit against President Trump tweeted that the charges against him were "bogus" and that he intended to fight them in court.
"I intend on fighting these bogus/legally baseless allegations, and will plead not guilty to ALL CHARGES. I look forward to the trial where I can begin to clear my name," Avenatti wrote.
"The indictment is the formal charging document that usually follows a criminal complaint, which is what was issued in connection with my arrest," he added.
In a statement to The Hill, Avenatti wrote that he wanted his innocence to be proved by a jury.
"I expect to be fully exonerated because the law and the facts are fully on my side," he wrote in an emailed statement. "I want a jury to decide my fate."
Avenatti was charged by federal prosecutors earlier this year with fraud and extortion just hours after the attorney had announced a press conference to "disclose a major high school/college basketball scandal perpetrated by Nike."
He was also charged by federal prosecutors in California with embezzling a client's money for his own legal expenses.
"A lawyer has a basic duty not to steal from his client," U.S. Attorney Nick Hanna said of Avenatti's California case in March. "Mr. Avenatti is facing serious criminal charges alleging he misappropriated client trust funds for his personal use and he defrauded a bank by submitting phony tax returns in order to obtain millions of dollars in loans."