Donald Trump critic -- and Stormy Daniels' attorney -- Michael Avenatti announced on Tuesday that he won't be running for president in 2020. CNBC reports that the controversial lawyer ended months of speculation that he might challenge Trump in the election.
On his Twitter account, Avenatti posted a statement saying that he had spoken with his family -- and had decided against making a bid for the office of the president.
"After consultation with my family and at their request, I have decided not to seek the presidency of the U.S. in 2020," Avenatti said. "I do not make this decision lightly - I make it out of respect for my family. But for their concerns, I would run."
He went on to say that he planned to continue representing Daniels against Trump and "will not rest" until he has succeeded in removing the president from the White House. He also pledged to continue advocating for those who need representation against "the powerful."
Despite having decided not to run, Avenatti said that he still has concerns that Democrats aren't prepared to take on Trump in 2020.
"I remain concerned that the Democratic Party will move toward nominating an individual who might make an exceptional President but has no chance of actually beating Donald Trump," he wrote. "The party must immediately recognize that many of the likely candidates are not battletested and have no real chance at winning. We will not prevail in 2020 without a fighter."