..."There is no basis to release Avenatti on medical grounds," added Selna, an appointee of President George W. Bush.
...Avenatti became a fixture on cable news shows and briefly mulled entering the 2020 Democratic presidential race.
...One of the three pending criminal cases against Avenatti involves charges he swindled Daniels out of nearly $300,000.
...Documents submitted by the government said officials at the Manhattan detention center where Avenatti is located have taken numerous steps to limit the risk of a COVID-19 outbreak, including screening prisoners and staff for fevers, distributing more soap and segregating most prisoners over 55.
...Avenatti's trial in the New York case involving stealing from Daniels is set to open April 21, but the judge handling that matter said last week it seemed "Highly doubtful" it would go forward then due to virus-related suspensions of most proceedings in federal courts nationwide.
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