Michael Avenatti, the attorney for Brett Kavanaugh‘s third accuser Julie Swetnick, jumped at the opportunity to hit back at Donald Trump on Wednesday as the president escalated his attacks on the lawyer.
In an interview with MSNBC‘s Ari Melber, Avenatti seemed to be enjoying getting under Trump‘s skin.
“Here’s what I’m gonna say about Donald Trump,” the attorney said. “I am thoroughly enjoying living in your head rent-free, Donald Trump. … It’s amazing.”
In a tweet earlier in the day, Trump attacked Avenatti as a “third-rate lawyer who is good at making false accusations.”
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 26, 2018
Avenatti also hit back Trump for calling him a “low-life” during a truly bizarre and unhinged press conference on Wednesday.
“For Donald Trump to call me a low-life, he knows nothing about me, knows nothing about the last 20 years of my practice, $1 billion in verdicts and settlements. I am highly educated. I’ve been very fortunate over the years and I would venture to say that I have a hell of a lot more class than Donald Trump has ever had.”
— PoliticusUSA (@politicususa) September 26, 2018
Michael Avenatti put the focus back on his client
The new strategy of Trump and Republicans, at least as it applies to Kavanaugh‘s third accuser, is to attack Avenatti in an effort to distract from the disturbing allegations.
The attorney refused to let that happen and reminded his foes that the sworn affidavit detailing the new allegations was signed by his client, not him.
As Avenatti said, “That declaration is not a declaration from Michael Avenatti. It’s not signed by Michael Avenatti. It is signed by my client, Julie Swetnick. These are her facts. These are her allegations. I am her lawyer.”
At the end of the day, these attacks on Michael Avenatti from the president are just the latest indication of how desperate he is to distract from his failing Supreme Court nominee.
Sean Colarossi currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for both of President Obama’s presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood as an Affordable Care Act Outreach Organizer in 2014, helping northeast Ohio residents obtain health insurance coverage.