Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley officially referred Michael Avenatti to the Department of Justice for a “criminal investigation” Thursday, saying the lawyer made “false statements” during his committee’s probe into allegations of sexual assault by Judge Brett Kavanaugh.
Grassley fired off the scathing letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and FBI Director Christopher Wray; claiming Avenatti should be investigated for the “materially false statements they made to” Congressional leaders.
Senate Judiciary Refers Swetnick, Avenatti for Criminal Investigation Into False Kavanaugh Allegations https://t.co/uaArOMyZgR
— Senate Judiciary (@senjudiciary) October 25, 2018
“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,” Grassley said in a statement. “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.”
“It is ironic that Senator Grassley now is interested in investigations. He didn’t care when it came to putting a man on the SCOTUS for life. We welcome the investigation as now we can finally get to the bottom of Judge Kavanaugh’s lies and conduct. Let the truth be known,” fired-back Avenatti.
It is ironic that Senator Grassley now is interested in investigations. He didn’t care when it came to putting a man on the SCOTUS for life. We welcome the investigation as now we can finally get to the bottom of Judge Kavanaugh’s lies and conduct. Let the truth be known.
— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) October 25, 2018
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CNN’S OBSESSION: Network Hosts Stormy Daniel’s Lawyer 59 TIMES in TWO MONTHS
CNN’s all-out war with the Trump administration continued this week, with the left-leaning network hosting adult actress Stormy Daniel’s lawyer a whopping 59 times in just two months.
According to the Media Research Center, CNN gave air-time to attorney Michael Avenatti nearly 60 times in just 60 days; cutting back on coverage normally devoted to anti-Trump crusader Adam Schiff who appeared just ten times during March and April.
“MRC analysts combed through transcripts of all of CNN’s 2018 coverage looking for references to interviews with Avenatti, and then double-checked using our video archive. Since Avenatti’s first appearance on March 7, he has been interviewed on CNN a whopping 59 times, more than one-third of which (19) were with Anderson Cooper — who, of course, interviewed Stormy Daniels on CBS’s 60 Minutes back in March,” writes MRC.
The stunning statistics come as President Trump’s approval rating continues to rise despite the media’s non-stop obsession with Stormy Daniels and Robert Mueller’s never-ending Russian investigation.
According to recent polling from Gallup, the Commander-in-Chief’s job performance reached an 11-month high at the end of April.
Read the full story here.
GRAHAM SPEAKS: The Senator Weighs-in on Latest Accusation Against Brett Kavanaugh
Sen. Lindsey Graham released a public statement Wednesday afternoon regarding the latest accusations against Judge Brett Kavanaugh; saying the last-minute revelation “has just taken this debacle to an even lower level.”
Graham’s comments come just hours after Michael Avenatti released the name and allegations from his newest client; claiming Kavanaugh and his friends routinely engaged in sexual assaults during high school parties in the early 1980s.
“Judge Kavanaugh has just emphatically denied the recent allegation being levied by Michael Avenatti and his client. He says he does not know the woman in question and emphatically denies the accusations. I would remind everyone that dozens of women who knew Judge Kavanaugh during the time period in question completely vouch for his good character,” writes Sen. Graham.
“From my view, just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse, it just did. The lawyer to porn stars has just taken this debacle to an even lower level. I hope people will be highly suspicious of this allegation presented by Michael Avenatti,” he adds.
Read Graham’s full statement below:
“Judge Kavanaugh has just emphatically denied the recent allegation being levied by Michael Avenatti and his client. He says he does not know the woman in question and emphatically denies the accusations. I would remind everyone that dozens of women who knew Judge Kavanaugh during the time period in question completely vouch for his good character.
“Mr. Avenatti first tweeted Sunday night that he had new and explosive information, and he was immediately contacted by the Senate Judiciary Committee to provide information. He has chosen to release these claims the day before Mrs. Ford’s hearing and two days before a vote.
“From my view, just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse, it just did. The lawyer to porn stars has just taken this debacle to an even lower level. I hope people will be highly suspicious of this allegation presented by Michael Avenatti.
“I have a difficult time believing any person would continue to go to – according to the affidavit – ten parties over a two-year period where women were routinely gang raped and not report it. I also find it curious these charges were not brought forward until 2018, two days before a confirmation vote.
“Why would any reasonable person continue to hang around people like this? Why would any person continue to put their friends and themselves in danger? Isn’t there some duty to warn others?
“This is outrageous, internally inconsistent, and I hope the U.S. Senate will see this for the smear campaign that it is.
“It is outrageous to suggest that Brett Kavanaugh at any time in his life behaved this way. His life is inconsistent with any of these allegations. All women who have worked with and for Brett Kavanaugh when he was in a position of power have nothing but glowing things to say about the way he has conducted himself.
“This is a decent man who has lived an honorable life and is being smeared by the likes of Michael Avenatti.
“I very much believe in allowing people to be heard. But I am not going to be played, and I’m not going to have my intelligence insulted by the Michael Avenattis of the world. I will not be a participant in wholesale character assassination that defies credibility.
“If Republicans bail out on this good man because of the smears and character assassination perpetrated by Michael Avenatti, we deserve our fate.”