Avenatti ‘still considering’ presidential run despite domestic violence arrest

Avenatti ‘still considering’ presidential run despite domestic violence arrest

Michael Avenatti says he’s still considering a run for president in 2020 despite being arrested Wednesday on suspicion of felony domestic violence.

"I'm still considering it," Avenatti told USA TODAY.

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"I will not be intimidated," he added. "The measure of a person is how they get up when they are knocked down."

Avenatti has released policy platforms, visited states crucial to a successful presidential bid and even founded a new political action committee to lay a foundation for a campaign.

But it is unclear how an arrest for domestic violence in the midst of a heightened national conversation on sexual and physical abuse could impact such aspirations.

Avenatti strongly denied any wrongdoing.

"I wish to thank the hard-working men and woman of the LAPD for their professionalism they were only doing their jobs in light of the completely bogus allegations against me," he said in the statement released by his office. "I have never been physically abusive in my life nor was I last night. Any accusations to the contrary are fabricated and meant to do harm to my reputation. I look forward to being fully exonerated.”

"I have never struck a woman. I never will strike a woman," Avenatti added in a press conference. "I have been an advocate for women's rights my entire career and I'm going to continue to be an advocate. "I'm not going to be intimidated from stopping what I'm doing." 

Avenatti, who built his entire brand around being the pugnacious lawyer representing adult-film actress Stormy Daniels in her lawsuit against President TrumpDonald John TrumpEsper sidesteps question on whether he aligns more with Mattis or Trump Warren embraces Thiel label: 'Good' As tensions escalate, US must intensify pressure on Iran and the IAEA MORE.

He named his PAC Fight PAC and declared to a group of Iowa Democrats earlier this year “When they go low, I say, we hit harder.”

Regardless of the arrest, Avenatti would likely face a crowded field of crowded field of high-caliber Democratic politicians in his pursuit for the party’s nomination. Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden jokes he's ready for a push-up competition with Trump Biden says his presidency is not 'a third term of Obama' Biden knocks Trump on tweets about 'smart as hell' Ocasio-Cortez MORE, Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersWarren embraces Thiel label: 'Good' Sanders slams decision not to charge officer who killed Eric Garner Cardi B says voters let Bernie Sanders down MORE (I-Vt.), Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenWarren embraces Thiel label: 'Good' Trump says administration will 'take a look' after Thiel raises concerns about Google, China Thiel calls Warren the most 'dangerous' Democratic candidate MORE (D-Mass.), Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisHarris slams DOJ decision not to charge police in Eric Garner's death Harris vows to 'put people over profit' in prescription drug plan The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by JUUL Labs - House to vote to condemn Trump tweet MORE (D-Calif.), Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerHarris slams DOJ decision not to charge police in Eric Garner's death The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by JUUL Labs - House to vote to condemn Trump tweet Fundraising numbers highlight growing divide in 2020 race MORE (D-N.J.), among others, are known to be considering bids themselves.