Michael Avenatti is having an awful week. His law firm was frozen by a judge for outstanding debt and then evicted from their office. Now the Senate wants him investigated by the FBI for making false claims about Judge Brett Kavanaugh.
The Washington Times reports:
Senate tells FBI to investigate Michael Avenatti over Kavanaugh accusations
Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley asked the Justice Department Thursday to investigate anti-Trump lawyer Michael Avenatti and his client Julie Swetnick, saying they likely fed senators “materially false” information in trying to sink Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh’s confirmation.
Amid a spate of salacious and uncorroborated allegations, Ms. Swetnick’s were the most striking: She said she saw him take part in gang rapes in his high school days.
But she gave differing accounts of her story and Mr. Avenatti never produced any evidence to back her claims up. Mr. Grassley accused them of a conspiracy to interfere with the Senate’s confirmation process.
The Iowa Republican, long an advocate for whistle-blowers, said he welcomed “well-meaning” complaints from citizens.
“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,” he said.
In the span of one week, Avenatti has become seriously damaged goods. Will he even try to run for president in 2020 after all of this?