Avenatti added to Iowa event featuring 2020 candidates

Avenatti added to Iowa event featuring 2020 candidates
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Michael Avenatti, the attorney representing Stormy Daniels in her legal fight against President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump administration eyes proposal to block jet engine sales to China: report Trump takes track to open Daytona 500 Brazile 'extremely dismayed' by Bloomberg record MORE and his former lawyer, Michael Cohen, was added Thursday to the list of scheduled speakers at the Iowa Democratic Wing Ding, a favorite spot for potential presidential contenders.

Avenatti was added Thursday morning to the event's website, which describes him as a "high profile American attorney" alongside declared 2020 challengers such as Rep. John DelaneyJohn Kevin DelaneyLobbying world The Hill's Campaign Report: Four-way sprint to Iowa finish line John Delaney drops out of presidential race, Krystal and Saagar react MORE (D-M.D.) and Andrew Yang, as well as potential candidate Rep. Tim RyanTimothy (Tim) RyanDemocrats tear into Trump's speech: It was a 'MAGA rally' Democrats walk out of Trump's address: 'It's like watching professional wrestling' Trump set to confront his impeachment foes MORE (D-Ohio).

The group did not issue a statement coinciding with Avenatti's addition to the roster, but retweeted a message from the attorney declaring that he was "extremely honored" to be added to the list of speakers.

A request for comment to the event's organizers from The Hill was not immediately answered. Avenatti has previously suggested that he is considering a run for president in 2020 to oppose Trump, whom he has stated will be brought down by the multiple investigations surrounding his campaign and former associates.


“IF (big) he seeks re-election, I will run, but only if I think that there is no other candidate in the race that has a REAL chance at beating him,” Avenatti wrote on Twitter earlier this month. “We can't relive 2016.  I love this country, our values and our people too much to sit by while they are destroyed.”

Avenatti has also suggested that only a "street fighter" such as himself would have a shot against Trump in 2020, as the president's aggressive campaign style shocked many in 2016 and was credited by some for his eventual victories in the GOP primary and the general election.

“Be clear — only a street fighter has a chance at displacing the ‘King,’” Avenatti wrote. “Otherwise, this country and its principles will be in pieces and non-recognizable.”

The 2015 Iowa Wing Ding was attended by all three major Democratic candidates of that presidential cycle: former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonThe 'Palmetto Promise': South Carolina will decide the race Alabama Senate contender hits Sessions in new ad: 'Hillary still ain't in jail' Worries grow as moderates split Democratic vote MORE, Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersDemocrats redefine center as theirs collapses Speculation swirls around whether Bloomberg will make Las Vegas debate stage Pelosi: 'I'm not counting Joe Biden out' MORE (I-Vt.), and former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley.