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Michael Avenatti, the firebrand lawyer who gained notoriety and infamy from representing Stormy Daniels against President Donald Trump, said Tuesday he will not run for president in 2020 after exploring the possibility for months. Avenatti’s announcement comes after he was arrested for suspected domestic violence in Los Angeles last month.

“After consultation with my family and at their request, I have decided not to seek the Presidency of the United States in 2020,” Avenatti wrote in a statement he posted on Twitter. “I do not make this decision lightly – I make it out of respect for my family. But for their concerns, I would run.”

Avenatti’s presidential exploration wasn’t just hot air, he formed a political action committee, purchased a voter database used by the Democratic Party, and worked with a former adviser to Hillary Clinton. Avenatti made appearances in the early presidential primary states of Iowa and New Hampshire, advocating for a strategy of direct and merciless attacks on Trump to defeat him for a second term.

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Author: By gideon.resnick@thedailybeast.com (Gideon Resnick)