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BREAKING: Don Jr. Skewers Avenatti on Extortion Conviction

by Paul Goldberg

Don Jr took advantage of political enemy Michael Avenatti being convicted of all counts in his Nike extortion case by pouring salt in his wounds with a brutal tweet.

Per the NY Times, Michael Avenatti, the brash lawyer best known for representing the pornographic film actress Stormy Daniels in her lawsuits against President Trump, was convicted on Friday of trying to extort more than $20 million from the apparel giant Nike.

After three days of deliberations in the case, brought by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Manhattan, the jury found him guilty on all three counts, including attempted extortion and honest services fraud. Mr. Avenatti is scheduled to be sentenced in June.

Per USAToday, at his peak of notoriety, Avenatti even touted himself as a potential political candidate who could run and beat President Donald Trump.

Donald Trump Jr. obliquely referred to those boasts after the guilty verdict was delivered, mockingly tweeting about Avenatti as a “former Democratic presidential candidate.”

Mr. Avenatti was charged last spring with an array of federal crimes in both New York and California, where he lived.

Another Trump tweet mocked Avenatti’s prediction that the President’s son would be indicted. “Aged like a fine wine … #basta,” Trump tweeted as he borrowed Avenatti’s frequent Twitter sign-off.

Inside the federal courtroom in lower Manhattan, Avenatti glared at the jurors as the verdict was being announced. But he said nothing.

Afterward, he shook hands with his lawyers and told them “great job,” before he was led back to the cell where he has been held since a judge found he had violated his bail conditions.

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