Michael Avenatti Proposes Rule to Prevent Trump Lawyer Rudy Giuliani From Spewing 'Nonsense’ on TV

Michael Avenatti, the attorney for adult-film actress Stormy Daniels, said President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani should be “grounded” from appearing on TV because he hasn’t tried a case before a jury in years.

“I am proposing a new rule for lawyers who want to appear on TV and spew nonsense,” Avenatti said in a tweet Thursday. “If you haven’t tried a case to verdict before a jury in the last four years, you are not permitted to go on TV. Rudy Giuliani - looks like you are grounded. How long has it been anyway? 25 years?”

TV may be the one thing Avenatti and Giuliani have in common, as neither of them are shy when it comes to frequent appearances in front of the camera.

Giuliani appeared on Fox News’s Hannity Wednesday night where he and Sean Hannity immediately called special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian election interference, which has brought indictments against numerous former Trump associates, an “illegitimate investigation.”

Giuliani also claimed the “real story is not that this case isn’t going to fizzle. It's going to blow up on [the Mueller team.]”

 

While it’s not uncommon for certain types of lawyers to rarely see the inside of a courtroom or to settle cases outside of court, it’s not how Avenatti normally operates. Considering Mueller’s investigation has already led to ongoing criminal court trials, Avenatti appeared to suggest Giuliani heed caution to not say something that might get his important client in trouble.

Although Giuliani has continued to practice law in the years following his stint as New York City mayor, he’s rarely seen the inside of a courtroom. Still, he did appear in court as recently as May to represent a family friend accused of automobile insurance fraud. Prior to that, he briefly appeared in court in 2014 to defend the video game company Activision Blizzard against a lawsuit brought by Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega, but the case was later thrown out by the judge.

In a May 2016 interview with Bloomberg Law, Giuliani said he hadn’t been in a courtroom for 20 years prior to the Activism Blizzard case.

Speaking to The Hill Tuesday, Giuliani claimed negotiations over an interview between Trump and Mueller are “near the end,” a shift from last month’s claim it would be unlikely the two would ever meet face-to-face for an interview.  

Michael Avenatti Says Rudy Giuliani is Grounded From TV. Michael Avenatti, lawyer for adult-film actress Stephanie Clifford, also known as Stormy Daniels, speaks to the media outside the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, in Los Angeles, California, July 27. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

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