The struggle over President Donald Trump’s pick for the U.S. Supreme Court continues this week. Prominent lawyer Michael Avenatti brought forward Julie Swetnick’s story of Brett Kavanaugh’s incessant sexually predatory behavior on Tuesday — and also on Tuesday, the president dug into his position, declaring Avenatti to be a “a third rate lawyer who is good at making false accusations.”
He let loose:
‘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!’
As Trump indicates, the scandal surrounding Kavanaugh isn’t the first time Avenatti has been in the public spotlight. He also represents adult film star Stormy Daniels, who had a brief affair with Trump some years ago. Trump’s team — particularly his now former lawyer Michael Cohen — sought to shut her up with illegal hush money, but she proved uninterested in going along with that. She wasn’t keen on being bullied into silence, and brought cases against the Trump team alleging defamation and that the nondisclosure agreement associated with the hush money was never valid to begin with.
It’s not clear what specific “false accusation” Trump may have in mind with his claim that Avenatti has lied about him in the past. Repeatedly, the lawyer has been found in the right while Trump has been discovered to have been lying. For instance, Avenatti insisted there was no way that Cohen had pushed the hush money completely of his own accord, as the Trump team claimed. Fast forward and the lawyer formally implicated the president in his illegal hush money scheme while pleading guilty, saying he worked at his direction.
In other words, Trump’s claim has basically no basis. Avenatti has now brought forward the story of a third woman victimized by his SCOTUS pick’s past behavior, and Trump’s best defense is a long debunked argument from another, separate case.
Swetnick says that she first became aware of Kavanaugh, his friend Mark Judge, and others spiking drinks at parties as part of their scheme to corral girls into being raped in the early 1980s. Shortly after, she herself was victimized in such a fashion at a party where she says Kavanaugh was present.
It’s the third story along its lines to emerge recently. Christine Blasey Ford and Deborah Ramirez have their own stories of facing Kavanugh’s behavior; he assaulted and attempted to rape Ford while in high school, and Ramirez faced abuse from him while in college.
With the emergence of a third story against the judge, his nomination has become even more fraught with controversy, and his confirmation is uncertain. White House aides told reporter Gabriel Sherman that they think this could be the end of the line for the nominee, although they’re hardly onto something profound in suggesting as much. The chorus of voices who have been saying this should be the end of the line is only growing louder.
Check out Twitter’s response below.
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