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Conservatives are suddenly obsessed with attorney Michael Avenatti’s taxes

This is ironic.


David Covucci


Posted on Oct 22, 2018   Updated on May 21, 2021, 3:34 am CDT

Michael Avenatti, one of President Donald Trump‘s most public foes and a longshot 2020 Democratic presidential nominee, is facing scrutiny today after a report about the lavish lifestyle he lived while evading taxes for years.

According to the Daily Beast, Avenatti at one point owed at least $1.2 million to the IRS, as well as a larger corporate debt from taxes his law firm didn’t pay. All the while, Avenatti enjoyed “international and domestic travel via private jet, and [had] a collection of art and exotic cars.”

Of course, conservatives are chomping at the bit at Avenatti’s deception, saying it proves he’s the ambulance-chasing huckster they’ve always claimed him to be. And they’re using their favorite moniker for him, Creepy Porn Lawyer (or CPL).



They’re also suddenly eager to talk about him as a 2020 candidate, so it can blow up in his face.



As with anything though, this sudden outrage over a possible political candidate engaging in shady taxes practices is ironic at best.

Just this month, a years-long investigation by the New York Times revealed Trump engaged in tax fraud and deception that prevented the federal government from fairly taxing his assets throughout his life, on a scale far greater than anything Avenatti is accused of.

And that didn’t stop him from barnstorming a U.S. election. So maybe conservatives should be careful what they wish for.

Avenatti told the Daily Beast that the debts to the IRS have been “fully paid.”

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*First Published: Oct 22, 2018, 9:48 am CDT