“Geragos, who is a former CNN contributor, has not been charged with a crime.”
In the wake of stunning reports that President Donald Trump-critic and Stormy Daniels attorney Michael Avenatti has been arrested on extortion charges stemming from his alleged attempts to blackmail Nike for $20 million, CNN’s Brooke Baldwin revealed on air that attorney Mark Geragos, a legal analyst who has appeared frequently on the network, is Avenatti’s co-conspirator.
CNN reportedly fired Geragos in the wake of the news. The network has apparently scrubbed its website of any mentions to Geragos – a link to Geragos’ profile on CNN’s site redirects to a general page that does not include the lawyer, who has represented high-profile clients Jussie Smollett and Colin Kaepernick.
“Got an update for you on the breaking news we brought you at the top of the show. CNN has learned that attorney Mark Geragos — he’s the unnamed co-conspirator in the criminal complaint against Michael Avenatti,” Baldwin revealed to viewers.
“Geragos, who is a former CNN contributor, has not been charged with a crime,” she added.
According to CBS News reporter Steven Portnoy, federal prosecutors allege Avenatti threatened to expose damaging information about Nike unless they agreed to pay him and his client millions.
In a tweet he shared shortly before his arrest, Avenatti announced a “press conference to disclose a major high school/college basketball scandal perpetrated by Nike.”
Tmrw at 11 am ET, we will be holding a press conference to disclose a major high school/college basketball scandal perpetrated by @Nike that we have uncovered. This criminal conduct reaches the highest levels of Nike and involves some of the biggest names in college basketball.
— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) March 25, 2019
New York Magazine journalist Yashar Ali noted in a Monday tweet that for months “Avenatti has been predicting (with great confidence) that Donald Trump Jr. was going to be indicted. “Now he’s the one who is facing charges,” Ali added.
Meanwhile, on a day that seemingly could not get much worse for many Democrats, a Hill-HarrisX survey released Monday revealed that a majority of Americans are open to re-electing Trump.