Anti-Trump lawyer Michael Avenatti to plead guilty on more charges

Michael Avenatti, the anti-Trump lawyer who rose to fame by representing adult actress Stormy Daniels in her legal battle against the then-president, will plead guilty to another round of charges, the Washington Examiner reported.

The 51-year-old Avenatti told a judge Sunday that he wants to “accept responsibility” on charges he bilked clients out of almost $10 million.

However, he said he’s been unable to strike a deal with the prosecution.

“Mr. Avenatti wishes to plea in order to be accountable; accept responsibility; avoid his former clients being further burdened; save the court and the government significant resources; and save his family from further embarrassment,” a court filing read.

“Defendant, who is presently in the custody of the Bureau of Prisons, and serving two sentences imposed in two other cases, respectfully requests that the Court hold a status conference for the purpose of scheduling Mr. Avenatti’s change of plea and to discuss the impact of said plea on the existing deadlines and trial date,” the filing continued.

Avenatti was facing 36 counts of “embezzlement, fraud, perjury, and other financial crimes,” the Examiner noted.

“Despite repeated efforts over the last year by Mr. Avenatti and his counsel, including substantial efforts made in the last 30 days, defendant has been unable to reach a plea agreement with the government,” the filing read.

The charges stem from alleged misdeeds involving settlement funds from five clients perpetrated between 2015 to 2019. This includes $4 million settlement withheld from a paraplegic client.

The case is set to go to court next month and the former lawyer could spend decades behind bars if convicted. A mistrial was declared in the case last year after a judge ruled information was withheld from Avenatti’s team.

Avenatti first came to national attention as the ubiquitous legal face of adult actress Daniels, who sued former President Donald Trump over defamation.

At one point in the case, Avenatti floated a potential run for the Democratic presidential nomination — and was taken seriously by many in the news media.

However, news of shady dealings quickly derailed that — and 2019 charges stemming from an attempt to extort up to $25 million from Nike put an exclamation point on his fall.

He’s serving 2 1/2 years on those charges as well as four years for stealing from Daniels.