Republican senator Chuck Grassley, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has sent a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and FBI director Christopher Wray referring “creepy porn lawyer” Michael Avenatti and his client Julie Swetnick for criminal investigation, charging that they knowingly provided the Senate committee with false statements.
“When a well-meaning citizen comes forward with information relevant to the committee’s work, I take it seriously. It takes courage to come forward, especially with allegations of sexual misconduct or personal trauma. I’m grateful for those who find that courage. But in the heat of partisan moments, some do try to knowingly mislead the committee. That’s unfair to my colleagues, the nominees, and others providing information who are seeking the truth. It stifles our ability to work on legitimate lines of inquiry. It also wastes time and resources for destructive reasons.”
Swetnick came forward during the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh with a story many found suspicious on its face, alleging that she had personally seen Kavanaugh spike girls’ drinks and participate in gang rape on multiple occasions at parties that she went to. She soon walked back her own sworn statement, and another woman she called on as a witness also contradicted her claims and accused Avenatti of “twisting” the woman’s words.
Avenatti chose to announce the accusation via Twitter in the heat of trying to tear down Kavanaugh, rather than going to either the police or the press; which, in the case of NBC which investigated the claim, nonetheless abetted his dishonesty by sitting on incriminating details for nearly a month.
Swetnick herself became an increasing target of scrutiny after former boyfriends and employment records revealed that she personally enjoyed group sex; had vindictively threatened to kill her unborn child; sexually harassed others in her workplace and made apparently false accusations of sexual assault; and had lied about both employment and educational history in the past.
As for her lawyer, who became famous for representing Stormy Daniels, the porn star who became a hero to the anti-Trump resistance, Avenatti’s troubles do not end with Swetnick. His zeal to slander Kavanaugh for publicity may have led to his falling for an embarrassing 4chan prank, after which he made his Twitter private. In unrelated news, an LA judge ruled this week that Avenatti owes $4.85 million of “unshared profits” to a former partner whom he had legally settled to compensate but then failed to do so, on top of another $10 million that Avenatti’s former firm also owes to the same individual.
His self-centered circus even brought him the ire of Democrats, who publicly blamed and privately savaged him for damaging their attempts at stopping the Kavanaugh nomination.
Despite this, Avenatti, who has publicly threatened to sue journalists for exposing his history of questionable legal and business practices, has repeatedly set his sights on the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. In a conspicuously self-serving recent statement certain to not go far toward ingratiating himself with the rabid progressive base he otherwise appeals to, he said that the next Democratic nominee “better be a white male,” and then claimed he hadn’t actually said that.
Still, Republicans would do well to not let down their guard even around such a garbage fire. Indeed, Grassley’s move represents exactly the right attitude, and a refreshing and healthy step forward for the party. Democrats and other leftist handlers of the progressive mob must start being held accountable for the outright dishonesty, false accusations, and attitude of raw hatred which they manipulate in order to destroy all decent people, and the Republican Party must discover a fighting spirit for the good of the American people, so that individuals of Avenatti’s character never gain political power.