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Stormy Daniels lawyer says would 'hit harder' to beat Trump in 2020

AFP  |  Washington 

As the for adult film star Daniels, has been a persistent thorn in Donald Trump's side.

But in the last few days, has gone a step further, strongly suggesting he is ready to take on the in the 2020 elections and positioning himself as someone tough enough to take on Trump in a bare-knuckles for the

"I'm going to put on trial," he said Sunday on ABC's ""

"The only question is how many jurors are we going to have in that trial." Avenatti, who represents in the legal dispute over her claim that a Trump paid her to remain silent about an alleged affair with the future president, traveled to the State Fair on Thursday -- an almost mandatory stop for presidential aspirants in the first state to hold a presidential nominating contest every four years.

"I'm exploring a run for the presidency of the United States," the told newspaper, in an unusually direct statement so early in the game.

In his speech Friday to the Democratic dinner -- where Democratic presidential hopefuls vie to raise their profiles -- he portrayed himself as a street fighter ready to aggressively take on Trump.

Too many Democratic candidates, said, "have a tendency to bring nail clippers to a gunfight." Referring to former Michelle Obama's famous quote that "when they go low, we go high," Avenatti offered a less polished version: "When they go low, I say we hit harder." Avenatti argued against showing too much restraint, saying, "The moment we are living in is grave. It is critical.

Trump doesn't have the character, the heart, the knowledge or the wisdom to be of the " In Avenatti's interview, perhaps his first as a potential presidential candidate, he was asked about a range of issues.

He said the biggest national security threats facing the US are "and " Avenatti said Trump's high-profile meeting in with North Korean leader had amounted to little more than "a photo-op in front of some flags and a red carpet."

As regards Iran, he criticized Trump for sending out "an all-caps tweet in the middle of the night in a situation that is that serious." In contrast to Trump, he said he would release at least some of his tax returns.

As to why American voters should take the seriously, Avenatti replied that "for over 18 years, I've been fighting on behalf of Davids versus Goliaths, some of the largest corporations in the world, con men, fraudsters; I've had great success." Perhaps the best known of those "Davids" is Daniels, whose real name is

Asked Sunday on about Avenatti's political ambitions, Trump lawyer pretended not to recognize the younger lawyer's name before suggesting Avenatti might first want to "settle (a) bankruptcy situation" he faces.

Avenatti's firm in Newport Beach, California, has defaulted on millions of dollars in debt and is being sued by a former employee who seeks to collect on a USD 10 million judgment he won against the firm, has reported.

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First Published: Sun, August 12 2018. 23:20 IST