Through his representation of Stormy Daniels in a civil suit, attorney Michael Avenatti has managed to help expose the criminal activities of both Michael Cohen and Donald Trump. He’s made things significantly easier for the federal prosecutors who have been pursuing Cohen, accelerating the criminal case against him, and cornering him such that he has little choice but to cut a plea deal. Even as Avenatti is waging this battle, he’s picking a new battleground against Trump: immigrant children.
Donald Trump and his administration have spent the past two months forcibly separating Hispanic immigrant children from their parents, and locking the kids in de facto concentration camps. It’s created a whole new level of public pushback against Trump and his regime. Even as the nation scrambles to try to put a stop to Trump’s policy, Michael Avenatti is taking a different approach.
Here’s what Avenatti tweeted: “If anyone knows of a parent that has had their child taken from them at the border and not returned, please have them contact me as I am entering this fight. This outrageous conduct must be brought to an immediate end.” Here’s the thing. We’ve seen how Avenatti handles these matters. When he begins making legal moves on behalf of reuniting these parents and kids, he’s going to do it in a way which helps expose the horrendous and criminal nature of what Trump is doing to these families.
So get ready to see Michael Avenatti in court, making the kinds of legal filings that’ll help put a stop to what Donald Trump is trying to do here. Get ready to see Avenatti on television, using his court cases to draw attention to the importance of this issue. At a time when Trump’s abuse of immigrant kids needs to be as front and center as possible, this is precisely the kind of strategy we need.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report