Now for some comic relief.
Michael Avenatti, the once-upon-a-time highly-touted potential Democrat presidential candidate, former favorite anti-Trumper of cable loon TV, and defendant in multiplecriminalprosecutions, claims his most infamous client Stormy Daniels (aka Stephanie Clifford) owes him $2 million in legal fees and costs.
Michael Avenatti, best known as the Creepy Porn Lawyer, repeatedly bragged that he could beat Trump.
With his characteristic bravado, Avenatti portrayed himself as someone who "absolutely" could beat Trump and would be Trump's "worst nightmare".
Michael Avenatti has a woman problem again. No, not Julie Swetnick. No, not the woman in L.A. who accuses Avenatti of domestic violence.
Instead, it's the woman who made Avenatti a household name: Stormy Daniels aka Stephanie Clifford.
Monday, a federal judge dismissed Stormy Daniels's defamation lawsuit against President Trump. When Trump suggested the porn actress lied about being told to keep quiet about their alleged relationship, Daniels then claimed Trump defamed her.
Not only was the complaint dismissed, but Daniels was ordered to pay Trump's legal fees.
Things are coming together in the Michael Cohen search warrant case.
As you will recall, Cohen sued to protect potentially privilege records seized from his law office and home. The Court appointed a Special Master to review the records and report to the Court.
Michael Avenatti has been described by the NY Times at the "ringmaster" in the Michael Cohen circus.
The fight going on in the SDNY over Avenatti's request for permission to appear in the case certainly is turning into a circus, with the Judge likely to stop the show early next week.
For background on the case and the role Avenatti is playing, see these prior posts:
We reported previously on the court filing by Michael Cohen's attorneys objecting to Michael Avenatti appearing in the case for Stephanie Clifford (aka Stormy Daniels).
Avenatti is required to submit an application for admission pro hac vice, meaning he seeks admission for the purpose of the case since he is not otherwise admitted to the bar of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Such applications usually are routinely granted.
Michael Avenatti, the lawyer for Stormy Daniels, is a fixture on CNN and also appears to be weaponized by someone to fight battles against Trump on a broader scale with the Stormy Daniels dispute the excuse, not the reason, Avenatti is involved.
Most notably, Avenatti recently published what appear, at least in part, to be bank records relating to Michael Cohen. There were problems, including the misidentification of payments to the wrong Michael Cohens (in addition to the right Michael Cohen).
One of the best parts of the Trump era is watching how internet and Hollywood cultures react when a big megaphone wielding celebrity steps outside of progressive boundaries.
Roseanne Barr has always been that person, to a certain extent, the difference is that now, she's outside of the Hollywood mainstream and seems to enjoy needling everyone else who, in her view, has shifted leftward while she's stayed put.
This is the story that wouldn't die.
Trump's alleged affair with porn star Stormy Daniels is back in the headlines thanks to Trump's own attorney, Rudy Giuliani.
During a Fox News segment Wednesday night, Giuliani said Trump reimbursed attorney Michael Cohen $130,000 over a period of months. A payment some claim was "hush money." Guiliani revived the allegations in order to dispell any suspicion of campaign finance impropriety.