After lawyer Michael Avenatti released a sworn declaration from a woman making new sexual misconduct accusations about Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, Republicans quickly emphasized Avenatti’s involvement.
The link to Avenatti, who first teased the allegations on Monday, gave Republicans an easy way to dismiss the latest allegations against Kavanaugh. It was almost predictable that Republicans would use Avenatti’s role as a way to discredit the dramatic, detailed account of Kavanaugh’s alleged sexual misconduct from Julie Swetnick.
President Donald Trump, who already had a bone to pick with the lawyer who represents Stormy Daniels, was first out of the gate.
Avenatti is a third rate lawyer who is good at making false accusations, like he did on me and like he is now doing on Judge Brett Kavanaugh. He is just looking for attention and doesn’t want people to look at his past record and relationships – a total low-life!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 26, 2018
Several Republican senators quickly followed suit, almost as if they were working from the same talking points.
In a lengthy statement, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) wrote that the “lawyer to porn stars has just taken this debacle to an even lower level,” claiming that Avenatti’s involvement makes the accusations “suspicious.” Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) told Fox News that senators must consider that it was Avenatti who released the sworn declaration containing new allegations. And Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which oversees Kavanaugh’s confirmation, questioned Avenatti’s motivations in releasing the new accusations.
GRASSLEY tells me re: Avenatti: “Seems to me he wants to protect people involved in pornography and he’s running for president. I don’t know what his motivations are. … but really what’s important here isn’t the lawyer … [it’s] the woman who says she’s been harmed.”
— Andrew Desiderio (@desiderioDC) September 26, 2018