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Michael Avenatti was named in a lawsuit with a GOP megadonor client of Michael Cohen’s — and he doesn’t know why

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Stormy Daniels’ attorney Michael Avenatti has become a celebrity in his own right — and proof can be found in a sealed lawsuit that names him as a defendant alongside GOP megadonor Elliott Broidy, a client of the president’s erstwhile personal attorney Michael Cohen.

On July 1, the Wall Street Journal revealed that Broidy is backing out of a hush-money agreement with former Playboy Playmate Shera Bechard because Keith Davidson, Bechard’s former lawyer that also used to represent Daniels, shared details about the model’s non-disclosure agreement with Avenatti.

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On July 6, Avenatti said in a statement that Bechard has filed her own lawsuit — but he doesn’t know what’s in it because it was sealed “on an emergency basis.”

“Earlier today, I learned that Ms. Shera Bechard filed a new lawsuit naming Mr. Elliott Broidy, Mr. Keith Davidson, his law firm and me as Defendants,” Avenatti’s statement read. “I presently do not know what the allegations are because the Complaint was immediately sealed, on an emergency basis, at the request of Ms. Bechard’s attorneys.”

“This is highly unusual under California law,” he noted.

Avenatti went on to say that he has “no idea” why he was named in the suit because he “never represented her” and had never been in contact with her.

“I was never a party to any agreement with her and I never had any obligation to her,” the attorney’s statement continued.

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Trump blows up at Fox News reporter for asking him about disbanding pandemic team

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On Wednesday, President Donald Trump lost his temper at a coronavirus press briefing when Fox News correspondent John Roberts asked him about his administration disbanding the pandemic response team.

"We didn't do that. That turned out to be a false story," said Trump. (It is not a false story.) "Now you're starting to go — are you working for CNN?"

"I'm pointing out what they have said and what you have said, that's all," said Roberts.

"Fox isn't so easy either, don't kid yourself," whined Trump. "Look, John, let me tell you something. You know that's a false story. What you just said is a false story, this doctor knows it better than anybody ... you shouldn't be repeating a story that you know is false."

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More than 1 in 5 ventilators in federal government stockpile is holding for emergencies don’t work

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As the coronavirus is raging through the United States, President Donald Trump has begun releasing personal protective equipment from federal stockpiles as well as much-needed ventilators. Unfortunately, however, one in five ventilators from the government don't work.

The New York Times reported Wednesday that there are 10,000 ventilators that the government is holding back for the next wave of the emergency.

"But what federal officials have neglected to mention is that more than 2,000 of the lifesaving devices are unavailable after the contract to maintain the government’s stockpile lapsed late last summer, and a contracting dispute meant that a new firm did not begin its work until late January. By then, the coronavirus crisis was already underway."

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Pro-Trump reporter banned from White House briefing room for ignoring social distancing guidelines

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On Wednesday, the White House Correspondents Association announced that it would be banning One America News Network reporter Chanel Rion from the press briefing room, after she repeatedly refused to follow social distancing guidelines imposed as a safety precaution against coronavirus.

The WHCA taking action after OANN staffer Chanel Rion repeatedly broke the agreed-upon rules --> https://t.co/8uTRLaVSbd

— Geoff Bennett (@GeoffRBennett) April 1, 2020

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