A tv present that includes Michael Avenatti, the lawyer who’s suing President Trump on behalf of a pornographic movie actress, and the previous White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci was pitched to 2 cable networks in latest weeks, individuals briefed on the matter mentioned on Thursday.
The distinguished tv agent Jay Sures mentioned with executives at CNN and MSNBC the idea of a program the place the 2 males would sq. off, in line with three individuals briefed on the problem. Both have turn out to be frequent cable community company — Mr. Avenatti as one in every of Mr. Trump’s biggest antagonists, and Mr. Scaramucci as a loyalist to the president even after flaming out after lower than two weeks on the White House.
Representatives for MSNBC and CNN declined to remark, as did Mr. Sures and Mr. Scaramucci.
“I have no interest in television right now,” Mr. Avenatti mentioned. “I enjoy my law practice and look forward to prevailing on behalf of my client Stormy Daniels,” he added, utilizing the stage title of the actress, Stephanie Clifford.
Mr. Avenatti has appeared on each CNN and MSNBC repeatedly in latest weeks, usually a number of occasions a day on each networks. The appearances are one a part of an aggressive public relations marketing campaign he has waged on behalf of Ms. Clifford, incomes him criticism that he’s leveraging his place to each undermine Mr. Trump and promote himself.
He has set off information media frenzies by sending Ms. Clifford into the courtroom the place the president’s longtime private lawyer, Michael D. Cohen, was showing to combat the F.B.I.’s seizure of paperwork in a raid. Mr. Cohen paid $130,000 to maintain Ms. Clifford from going public earlier than the 2016 election about an affair she says she had with the president, who denies her declare.
And this month, Mr. Avenatti took the bizarre step of posting leaked monetary data that he mentioned confirmed that Mr. Cohen obtained cash from a agency linked to a Russian oligarch. The posting fueled hypothesis about Mr. Cohen’s monetary dealings, however Mr. Avenatti additionally made an embarrassing mistake: One of the paperwork he revealed was a couple of totally different man named Michael Cohen, not the one who represented Mr. Trump.
Mr. Avenatti has not but employed Mr. Sures, in line with two of the individuals, however it’s not uncommon for Hollywood brokers to work informally with potential purchasers. Mr. Sures, who relies primarily out of California, has represented Dr. Phil; the host of NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Chuck Todd; and the co-host of “CBS This Morning,” Norah O’Donnell. Both Mr. Avenatti and Mr. Scaramucci attended a celebration thrown by Mr. Sures through the White House Correspondents Dinner weekend final month in Washington.
Mr. Scaramucci is one in every of Mr. Trump’s most vocal supporters on tv. He grew to become one of the crucial recognizable personalities to return out of the Trump administration final summer season after his stint on the White House. Before that, Mr. Scaramucci was a monetary investor who put his firm up on the market in anticipation of becoming a member of the White House in a prime function. But leaks in regards to the sale snarled his plans, and he was later introduced on as Mr. Trump shook up his prime aides. Since leaving the White House, he has advised individuals he’s returning to his monetary agency, SkyBridge Capital.
Mr. Scaramucci was fired shortly after John F. Kelly took over as White House chief of workers and pledged to instill extra self-discipline within the West Wing. He is now writing a guide titled “The Blue Collar President: How Trump Is Reinventing the Aspirational Working Class.”
Before turning into a fixture on cable information as counsel to Ms. Clifford, Mr. Avenatti had made a reputation for himself in California authorized circles by mixing severe circumstances — like a $454 million verdict he gained in opposition to Kimberly-Clark and Halyard Health for claims they have been promoting faulty surgical robes — with extra tabloid-friendly fits in opposition to the celebrities Paris Hilton and Jim Carrey.
His personal web site boasts, “Michael often works closely with the press and media in connection with his legal practice — an area in which most lawyers falter and underutilize.” In urgent his earlier circumstances, he was equally at residence earlier than a “60 Minutes” digital camera or working the gossip channels of People journal and TMZ.
He had an early mentor within the aggressive use of media in Mayor Rahm Emanuel of Chicago, a veteran of the Clinton and Obama administrations. Mr. Avenatti labored throughout faculty and legislation faculty at Mr. Emanuel’s political communications agency, the Research Group. The agency specialised in so-called opposition analysis, or digging up doubtlessly embarrassing info on opponents for future use within the press.