Joe Scarborough Defends Stormy Daniels Attorney Michael Avenatti: 'He's doing what Trump Always Does'

Joe Scarborough came to the defense of Stormy Daniels's attorney Michael Avenatti during Morning Joe on Friday, telling a guest on his show that the lawyer's myriad media appearances may actually be helping his case. He noted that Avenatti appears to be taking a page out of President Donald Trump's own playbook by saturating himself in the press.

The exchange came as TV personality and guest Donny Deutsch said he believed Avenatti's status as a fixture on cable news was tantamount to "jumping the shark."

"You're starting to feel, as somebody who is in the media and watching the media, a guy who is a losing a little sight of where he is, of the position he's in, and you almost get the feeling he's already auditioning for...his next TV spot," Deutsch said.

Scarborough then noted that Avenatti has been largely successful, reasoning that his appearances are likely part of a larger strategy.

"He's doing what Trump always does, which is be everywhere, all the time," Scarborough said. "Be Constantly in peoples faces, and he has actually gotten in Trump's face."

Rumors that Avenatti has been angling for his own show have swirled since the charismatic lawyer started stomping the talk show circuit. Critics have accused Avenatti of attempting to try both Trump and embattled attorney Michael Cohen in the press instead of a court of law, an accusation Avenatti has responded to fiercely on Twitter.

Fox News host Sean Hannity, who was revealed to be a client of Cohen, is among Avenatti's most prominent critics. The attorney has asked to go on Hannity's show multiple times, apparently to no avail.

"Hey @foxnews - instead of having your pathetic surrogates attack me and my client without us present, why don't you instruct your No. 1 guy @seanhannity to stop dodging me and debate me on his show?," Avenatti wrote. "Why are you avoiding this? #basta."

Attorney for Stormy Daniels, Michael Avenatti, speaks to the media outside US Federal Court on April 16, 2018, in Lower Manhattan, New York. HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP/Getty Images