Boy, you don’t see celebrity lawyer Michael Avenatti on CNN much anymore, and that 2020 presidential run as a Democrat didn’t make it very far past the initial begging for money stage.
But you might remember back in December when a judge tossed out Stormy Daniels’ defamation case against the president and ordered her to pay Trump $293,052.33 in attorneys’ fees. Avenatti filed an appeal, and on Tuesday he had some big news to share.
C. Harder (Trump's atty) previously boasted that the dismissal of the defamation claim against Trump (and the atty fee award) would "easily" hold up on appeal. We filed our brief on time a month ago. Harder just asked the court for a 30 day extension of the deadline to respond…
— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) February 12, 2019
An appellate attorney asking for an extension of time to file a response? No way! This is surely the first time such a thing has ever happened!
— Valentine's Pun (@JuvenileBluster) February 12, 2019
This could not be less noteworthy.
— John Regan (@JohnR925) February 12, 2019
Which is a standard thing that nearly every party does on appeal. #AppellateTwitter
— Craig Countryman (@Cec61581) February 13, 2019
Isn't that normal and you know it?
— Hamberders etc. (@hobblegopter) February 12, 2019
It's *very* normal. Avenatti is literally reduced to Larry Klayman levels at this point, praising himself when his opponents file routine procedural motions.
— Mike Dunford (@questauthority) February 12, 2019
Epic level Hackery here @MichaelAvenatti. With this, you have secured top spot in the All Time Hack Hall of Fame.
— Hackboiyz (@hackboiyz) February 13, 2019
And? All that means is he is busy, you know better than this…
— Blaine Hummel (@Bla_Hum_Bug) February 12, 2019
So what? Happens all the in litigation and appellate work.
— Michael Crosbie (@mdcrosbie) February 12, 2019
It's a bit disingenuous to imply that this is unusual. Lawyers routinely request extensions, because lawyers are notoriously bad with procrastination and deadlines. I dislike it and try not to do it myself, but I see it often from OC and I don't draw any inference.
— Stephen Smith (@StephenSmithEsq) February 12, 2019
Every lawyer knows that a motion for extension is not indicative of anything other than a lawyer saying they're busy. Harder may still prove to be right and you may be exposing your client to additional fees. Besides, @Popehat says you're wrong and he's a better lawyer than you.
— J. (@jonnyesqmia) February 12, 2019
Speaking of Popehat …
Big surprise: this is utter nonsense. Extensions are routine and no reasonable attorney would infer anything from them. https://t.co/WtP2cBtbwf
— FineWhateverItsRicoHat (@Popehat) February 12, 2019
Wait, his big win was that the other side asked for a routine 30-day first extension of time to file an appellate response brief? This is literally standard operating procedure for non-expedited appeals.
— Sasha Samberg-Champion (@ssamcham) February 12, 2019
lol I did regulatory enforcement defense work for years and can’t remember ever NOT initially asking for and getting an extension. I have now been on the other side for a dozen years and can’t remember ever NOT being asked for, and giving, an initial extension.
— Tempura Chimp (@Craven_Weedlick) February 12, 2019
Maybe they couldn't stop laughing long enough to respond.
— Charlie Hughes (@CharlesHughes62) February 12, 2019
Avenatti recently blocked half the lawyers on Twitter so they can't point out his silliness. I'm surprised you escaped the purge.
— Ethan Jacobs (@ethanjacobslaw) February 12, 2019
"Is Michael Avenatti a good lawyer?"
— Nicholas Weaver (@ncweaver) February 12, 2019
'Someone's salty'! Michael Avenatti's talking major smack about 2020 Dem field and we're here for it https://t.co/PG1a4sPMUS
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) January 11, 2019