Giuliani: Avenatti should settle ‘bankruptcy situation’ before running for White House

Giuliani: Avenatti should settle ‘bankruptcy situation’ before running for White House
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President Trump's lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, on Sunday taunted Michael Avenatti, Stormy Daniels’s attorney, saying he should settle his “bankruptcy situation” before running for the U.S. presidency.

Giuliani said on CNN’s State of the Union that Avenatti, who has become an adversary of Giuliani and Trump, “has every right to do what he wants.”

“I would settle ... the bankruptcy situation, where he owes 10 million bucks, first, but, hey, it's up to him,” Giuliani said.

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In May, Avenatti’s law firm was hit with a $10 million settlement fine in bankruptcy court related to a lapsed payment agreement. That came after Avenatti failed to pay $2 million to a former associate to settle the firm’s bankruptcy, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Jake Tapper, the host of "State of the Union," responded to Giuliani’s comment by pointing out that there have been past presidential candidates “with bankruptcies in their past.”

Trump filed for bankruptcy multiple times during his business career.

“That's the cheap shot,” Giuliani said. “That's a cheap shot.”

Avenatti said last Thursday that he’s officially exploring a run for the presidency in 2020. He told The Des Moines Register that “there’s a huge appetite within the party for a fighter” and that he’s “probably seen as that individual” among many people.

Avennati's client, Daniels, is suing Trump and his former attorney, Michael Cohen, over a nondisclosure agreement meant to keep her quiet about an alleged affair she had with the president a decade ago. She is also suing Trump for defamation.