Michael Avenatti, the attorney representing Stormy Daniels in her legal fight against President TrumpDonald TrumpCapitol fencing starts coming down after 'Justice for J6' rally Netanyahu suggests Biden fell asleep in meeting with Israeli PM Aides try to keep Biden away from unscripted events or long interviews, book claims 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 DelaneyDirect air capture is a crucial bipartisan climate policy Lobbying world Coronavirus Report: The Hill's Steve Clemons interviews Rep. Rodney Davis MORE (D-M.D.) and Andrew Yang, as well as potential candidate Rep. Tim RyanTimothy (Tim) RyanHawley endorses Vance in Ohio Senate race Congress should know what federal agencies are wasting Trump administration trade rep endorses JD Vance in Ohio Senate race 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 ClintonClinton lawyer's indictment reveals 'bag of tricks' Attorney charged in Durham investigation pleads not guilty Attorney indicted on charge of lying to FBI as part of Durham investigation MORE, Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersManchin suggests pausing talks on .5 trillion package until 2022: report Yarmuth and Clyburn suggest .5T package may be slimmed Sanders calls deadly Afghan drone strike 'unacceptable' MORE (I-Vt.), and former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley.