Avenatti rules out 2020 run

Avenatti rules out 2020 run
Michael Avenatti, lawyer for porn actress Stormy Daniels, speaks to reporters outside federal court in Los Angeles Monday, Dec. 3, 2018. He said that demands by lawyers for President Donald Trump for legal fees amounting to nearly $800,000 for filing a failed defamation lawsuit against him were "absurd and outrageous." Trump attorney Charles Harder told a federal judge in Los Angeles Monday that his firm put in more than 500 hours on the case. Daniels alleges she had an affair with Trump in 2006. She sued him after he dismissed her claims of being threatened to keep quiet about the tryst as a "total con job." (AP Photo/Brian Melley) (Source: Brian Melley)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Michael Avenatti says he will not be mounting a 2020 presidential run.

Avenatti, the attorney for adult film star Stormy Daniels and a vocal Trump critic, says in a tweeted statement that he made the decision at the urging of his family and if not for their concerns he would run.

Avenatti had been laying the groundwork for a possible run with visits to early voting states. But he's had a difficult few weeks, including his arrest on suspicion of felony domestic violence. The Los Angeles district attorney declined to prosecute him.

He expressed concern that the Democratic Party will nominate someone "who might make an exceptional President but has no chance of actually beating Donald Trump."

He says, "We will not prevail in 2020 without a fighter" and hopes "the party finds one."