Attorney Michael Avenatti stymied Democrats’ attempts to derail the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, Democratic senators and aides told CNN.
“Democrats and the country would have been better off if Mr. Avenatti spent his time on his Iowa vanity project rather than meddling in Supreme Court fights,” a top Democratic Senate aide told CNN ahead of Saturday’s vote to confirm Kavanaugh.
“His involvement set us back, absolutely,” said the aide, referring to Avenatti’s fledgling 2020 presidential campaign.
Avenatti, who represents porn star Stormy Daniels, entered the Kavanaugh foray as an attorney for Julie Swetnick, a Washington, D.C., woman who claimed that Kavanaugh was present at house parties in the early 1980s where girls were allegedly gang-raped.
Avenatti pushed Swetnick’s case at his cable TV mainstays, CNN and MSNBC, but ultimately failed to produce the witnesses he claimed would come forward to support his client’s case. He also mounted a tepid defense against questions raised about Swetnick’s credibility. It emerged that Swetnick’s ex-boyfriend obtained a restraining order against her in 2001. She was also sued in 2000 by a former employer and accused of sexual harassment against male co-workers.
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