Creepy Porn Lawyer Michael Avenatti and his client Julie Swetnick may yet get their chance to testify, only not the way they’d hoped.
Avenatti, the lawyer for Stormy Daniels, the porn star alleging an affair with President Trump, has made no bones about being a never Trumper. Avenatti has managed to find his way to a bank of microphones regularly and without fail to spew his distaste for virtually anything the President puts forth. This trend carried its way into the Confirmation process of Justice Brett Kavanaugh when, much to the Democrats dismay, the attempts to derail the nomination with a character assassination by means of alleged sexual assault were beginning to falter. Avenatti, true to form, attempted to swoop in and save the day for the Democrats with his 11th hour discovery of Julie Swetnick, and with her allegations against Kavanaugh so depraved and deviant they were truly shocking. They were also outright bullshit, but Creepy Porn Lawyer gets an A for effort.
The story the duo presented to the Judiciary Committee in sworn affidavits was so wrought with inconsistencies and holes, that even the New York Times, which itself has lately been prone the Pinocchio Syndrome, refused to run it. Within hours of Avenatti’s announcement, the details of the story were being debunked.
So now, less than a month after Justice Kavanaugh assumed his place on the bench, Avenatti and Swetnick may indeed get to testify.
Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley has referred the pair to the Department of Justice for investigation into serious charges. In a letter sent to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and FBI Director Chris Wray, Grassley expressed his outrage in no uncertain terms. He write:
“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 truth. It stifles our ability to work on legitimate lines of inquiry. It also wastes time and resources for destructive reasons.
Thankfully, the law prohibits such false statements to Congress and obstruction of congressional committee investigations. For the law to work, we can’t just brush aside potential violations. I don’t take lightly making a referral of this nature, but ignoring this behavior will just invite more of it in the future.”
These potentially serious federal charges are another in a string of recent blows to the Creepy Porn Lawyer. More recently, his client Stormy Daniels lost her bid at a libel suit against the President, resulting in a civil judgement requiring her to reimburse legal fees to the President estimated to be “significant”. Also, Avenatti himself had some disappointing setbacks, losing a civil suit brought by former partners for unpaid dividends. He has been ordered to pay 4.85 million dollars to his former partner. Less than an hour after his defeat in the Los Angeles lawsuit, Avenatti suffered another setback at a trial in Orange County: The Irvine Company won a court order evicting him and his staff from their offices because the firm, Eagan Avenatti, skipped the last four months of rent.