‘I am a mer­ce­nary’

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In the New York Times Mag­a­zine, Matthew Shaer writes about “The Fast And Fu­ri­ous Michael Ave­natti,” say­ing “in rep­re­sent­ing the porn star Stormy Daniels, the lawyer thinks he can bring down a pres­i­dent — one ca­ble-news hit at a time.” Read his es­say in full at https://nyti.ms/2L9m­fjs. Here’s an ex­cerpt.

Like Trump, Ave­natti is all Freudian id, loud­mouthed and cocky. “I’m a mer­ce­nary,” he ac­knowl­edged to me. “That’s what peo­ple hire me for, and I don’t apologize for it.” He traf­fics pri­mar­ily in a com­mod­ity in short sup­ply among left-lean­ing voters: hope. The House mi­nor­ity leader, Nancy Pelosi, re­cently told the New Yorker that she doesn’t “like to talk about im­peach­ment,” but Ave­natti has glee­fully pre­dicted Trump will be out of the of­fice be­fore his term ends. Robert Mueller, no mat­ter the out­come of his in­ves­ti­ga­tion, is un­likely to ever call Ru­dolph Gi­u­liani a “pig” or Michael Co­hen a “mo­ron;” Ave­natti uses both in­sults so fre­quently that they have be­come a kind of re­frain.

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Stormy Daniels’ lawyer Michael Ave­natti.

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