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 TrumpForget the spin: Five unrefuted Mueller Report revelations Lara Trump: Merkel admitting migrants 'one of the worst things that ever happened to Germany' Financial satisfaction hits record high: survey 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 BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenElection analyst says Biden could face uphill battle attracting small-dollar donors Biden's announcement was a general election message, says political analyst Gillibrand 'not worried' about being 'discounted' in 2020 race MORE, Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersElection analyst says Biden could face uphill battle attracting small-dollar donors Gillibrand 'not worried' about being 'discounted' in 2020 race Biden's sloppy launch may cost him MORE (I-Vt.), Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenColbert links large 2020 Dem field to Avengers: 'A group of every available person in the universe' Seven big decisions facing Biden in 2020 primary Sanders dominates, Buttigieg surges in 2020 social media battle MORE (D-Mass.), Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisThe symbol of 'Wakanda' and black political vision Seven big decisions facing Biden in 2020 primary Sanders dominates, Buttigieg surges in 2020 social media battle MORE (D-Calif.), Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerBooker fundraises off Biden announcement The symbol of 'Wakanda' and black political vision The Hill's Morning Report - Trump tells House investigators 'no' MORE (D-N.J.), among others, are known to be considering bids themselves.