Stormy Daniels’ Lawyer Michael Avenatti Worked for Rahm Emanuel, Democratic Campaigns-Truth!
Summary of eRumor:
Adult film actress Story Daniels’ lawyer, Michael Avenatti, has worked for Rahm Emanuel and various Democratic campaigns over the years.
It’s true that Michael Avenatti worked for a opposition research and media firm run by Rahm Emanuel while Avenatti was in college in law school. And, during that time, Avenatti has said he worked on 150-200 campaigns.
Michael Avenatti includes those biographical details on his personal website. In the “bio” section, it states: “Michael worked at a political opposition research and media firm run by Rahm Emanuel (who later became White House Chief of Staff and is presently the Mayor of Chicago). During his time there, Michael worked on over 150 campaigns in 42 states, including multiple gubernatorial and congressional campaigns (i.e. Joe Biden’s U.S. Senate Campaign).”
Avenatti expanded on his connection to Rahm Emanuel in a March 2018 interview with the Chicago Tribute. He said the experience exposed him to “the soft underbelly of politics” and that he exited the job with a “significant degree of cynicism.”
Critics of Stormy Daniels’s case against the president argue that Avenatti’s history proves that he’s a partisan. Avenatti, however, countered in a 60 Minutes interview that he’s not motivated by politics. “I haven’t done anything in politics in 20 years,” he said.
The impact of Avenatti’s ties to Emanuel can be debated. But it’s true that Avenatti worked for Emanuel and Democratic campaigns earlier in his career.