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Friday, May 11, 2018

The Stormy Daniels lawyer who tweeted bombshell allegations this week against Trump attorney Michael Cohen is now facing questions about his own business dealings -- as well as how he obtained Cohen's bank records. Recently, a complaint was filed against him to the California State Bar Association regarding his role in purchasing Tully's Coffee several years ago through an entity called Global Baristas. The complaint, first obtained and reported by The Seattle Times, was filed by attorney David Nold of Bellevue, Wash.

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The complaint says Avenatti and Global Baristas faced a lien for unpaid federal taxes worth roughly $5 million, claiming taxes were withheld from workers' paychecks but not paid to the government. The complaint from Nold, as posted by The Seattle Times, called into question Avenatti's "fitness to practice law." Since the coffee chain purchase, Tully's has shuttered its stores (though the closures were described as temporary) as Global Baristas has dealt with numerous lawsuits.

Fox News obtained a copy of the notice of federal tax lien in question, sent to "Global Baristas US LLC" and "Michael J Avenatti MBR [member]."

But Avenatti reportedly says he thinks Global Baristas has paid the outstanding taxes. Further, Avenatti claimed to Fox News that he wasn't a "member" of Global Baristas US LLC -- but rather the entity that owned it, Global Baristas LLC.

"The federal tax lien is related to an entity that was owned by another company that I used to have an interest in," Avenatti told Fox News Thursday. "At no point in time was I ever responsible for any taxes for Global Baristas US LLC, nor was I ever a member of that entity, nor did I own any direct interest in that entity."

However, a 2017 court document posted by The Seattle Times shows Avenatti acknowledging he was the "principal" of Global Baristas US LLC.

Meanwhile, another lawsuit was filed back in 2013 against Avenatti by his famous business partner, Patrick Dempsey of "Grey's Anatomy" Dr. McDreamy fame. Dempsey's complaint against Avenatti, which was settled quickly, alleged Avenatti had not fully financed the coffee chain as agreed.

While Cohen faces scrutiny from federal investigators and the media over his financial transactions, the disclosure of the Cohen bank records has drawn the feds' attention. The Treasury Department's Office of the Inspector General said Wednesday that it was "inquiring" into claims that the information was "improperly disseminated."

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Politics is an ugly business.

#1 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2018-05-11 05:07 PM | Reply

Politics is an ugly business.

Trying to make an issue out of this is pure politics. Trump has hundreds of business disputes like this which resulted in court filings. How many of those have you posted here?

#3 | Posted by rcade at 2018-05-11 08:17 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Avenatti is an existential threat to Trump.

#4 | Posted by Zed at 2018-05-11 08:38 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

notice how trump largely avoids counter punching Avenatti? Even though he lives to torment trump on the news shows?

I smell fear.

#5 | Posted by Alexandrite at 2018-05-11 10:26 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Trump only attacks the weak like the coward he is.

#6 | Posted by bored at 2018-05-11 11:05 PM | Reply

Withholding worker taxes and then not paying them to the government is smart.
- the best ruble launderer.

#7 | Posted by bored at 2018-05-11 11:09 PM | Reply

Is Baby trump doing this reporter?

#8 | Posted by Scotty at 2018-05-11 11:33 PM | Reply

They don't care to see dementia don's tax returns to find out who is paying him.

Odd thing, that...

#9 | Posted by MrSilenceDogood at 2018-05-12 07:43 AM | Reply

Standard " but they do it toooooooooooo" nonsense from the right. They'll act incensed over this while ignoring and reflecting from their own boy's similar transgressions.

I'm guessing there will be little similarity too but that won't matter either.

#10 | Posted by jpw at 2018-05-12 06:49 PM | Reply

"Leave Trump alone. Forget the story,"

"That's a beautiful little girl. It'd be a shame if something happened to her mom,"

#11 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-05-14 03:13 PM | Reply

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