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.
“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 TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE.
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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 BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE, Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt.), Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names MORE (D-Mass.), Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisRand Paul introduces bill to end no-knock warrants The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook McEnany says Juneteenth is a very ‘meaningful’ day to Trump MORE (D-Calif.), Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerRand Paul introduces bill to end no-knock warrants Black lawmakers unveil bill to remove Confederate statues from Capitol Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk MORE (D-N.J.), among others, are known to be considering bids themselves.