In porn lawyer Michael Avenatti’s head, he’s an anti-Trump warrior and hero to the “resistance.” Not so much in the mind of various Democrat politicians, however.
Avenatti recently made waves when he brought forward a witness, Julie Swetnick, who he said was 100 percent credible, and ended up accusing Kavanaugh of helping run a successful and secretive high school rape-ring that no one ever found out or talked about, and that had girls continuing to come to the party despite seeing other girls get drugged and taken to rooms where boys would form lines to rape them.
The holes in the story appeared the moment the story arrived on the scene, and Swetnick herself walked back a lot of the claims.
Democrats are none too impressed with Avenatti’s “help.” According to Business Insider, several congressional aides and Democratic politicians have come forward and said that they’d rather Avenatti stay in the background:
Multiple Democratic congressional aides told Business Insider they worry that despite wanting to fully investigate Swetnick’s claims, the connection to Avenatti is an unnecessary distraction that only gives more ammunition to Republicans looking to discredit his client.
“Personally, I think he’s kind of a distraction,” Sen. Tim Kaine told Business Insider on Wednesday. “I don’t know him, but I think he’s a distraction.”
Montana Sen. Jon Tester, who announced he would vote against Kavanaugh last week, told Business Insider that Avenatti “wouldn’t have been my first pick” to represent someone making such serious allegations.
“Do I think he’s in it for the showbiz part? I hope not,” he said. “It’s too serious of a situation.”
Even the ringleader of the worst show on Earth, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), doesn’t seem to be too sweet on Stormy Daniel’s former lawyer:
But Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary committee, told Business Insider Avenatti’s involvement is essentially irrelevant, because the allegations are Swetnick’s alone. As to whether she finds Avenatti trustworthy, Feinstein said, “I don’t know.”
If Avenatti has any presidential aspirations, as has been rumored, then his chances don’t look too good if his own party wants him kept at arms distance or possibly further.
He’s a perfect candidate for a reality show, though.