Monday, 02 July 2018 12:20

Comedian Who Prank-Called Trump Hires Stormy Daniels' Lawyer Michael Avenatti

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Stormy Daniels' lawyer Michael Avenatti, who recently pivoted to represnting separated migrants or anything else that is in the news for at least 15 minutes, has found another client.

It started when John Melendez, the comedian who prank called President Trump while the president was traveling on Air Force One, tweeted late Sunday night that the Secret Service had asked to meet with him early Monday morning, along with a plea for Avenatti to accompany him to the meeting. "I am meeting with the Secret Service tomorrow at 10 am. @MichaelAvenatti I need your help."

Breaking: Secret Service contacted me agent & wants me to meet with them tomorrow. Stay tuned, Avenatti, can you come with me?

— John Melendez (@stutteringjohnm)
July 1, 2018

I am meeting with the Secret Service tomorrow at 10am. @MichaelAvenatti I need your help.

— John Melendez (@stutteringjohnm)
July 1, 2018

Confirming that he had seen Melendez's request, Avenatti retweeted him, then followed up with a jab at President Trump. Instead of "wasting time" holding Melendez accountable (something that is the duty of the Secret Service, not the president himself) Avenatti suggested that Trump "focus on the numerous other things that are of a greater priority... [like] reuniting over 2,000 children with their parents immediately."

Instead of wasting time on this, Mr. Trump should focus on the numerous other things that are of a greater priority. Let’s start with reuniting over 2,000 children with their parents immediately. #Basta #FightClub

— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti)
July 2, 2018

According to the Hill, the White House has launched an internal investigation into how Melendez was able to get through to the president. The White House switchboard operator contacted Sen. Menendez's office following the call, and confirmed that he had made no request to speak with the president.

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The comedian said last week that he had tricked the White House staff into believing that he was Democratic New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez. Melendez shared a recording of the his call during his "the Stuttering John Podcast". "This just shows you how easy it is to infiltrate the White House," Melendez said.

Melendez said that Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner was the one who connected the call. Democrats rushed to criticize the White House over the deception, with Gerry Connolly saying that the call had "chilling" implications for the future of White House security.

Michael Avenatti

Melendez later confirmed in a tweet that Avenatti had agreed to represent him:

I have just spoken to my new attorney @MichaelAvenatti who has agreed to represent me on...

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