Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Chuck Grassley said on Friday that he is hoping that Michael Avenatti, the attorney for porn star Stormy Daniel, wins the Democratic nomination in 2020 to vie for the presidency against President Donald Trump.
“I want [Avenatti] to be the Democratic candidate,” Grassley told The Washington Examiner. “So it finally shows how ridiculous the base of the Democratic Party is.”
The Iowa senator took umbrage with Avenatti after he came forward as the attorney for Julie Swetnick, a woman accusing Justice Brett Kavanaugh of being involved with drugging and gang-raping minors during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings for his confirmation to the Supreme Court.
Grassley has since referred both Avenatti and Swetnick to the Justice Department and FBI for a further investigation in to their claims regarding Kavanaugh.
Avenatti has shown interest in running for president in 2020 on the Democratic ticket. He officially launched his own political action committee (PAC) in August in preparation for the presidential run.
The porn lawyer is also a frequent critic of Trump — Avenatti announced in September that he would be holding a ‘resistance rally’ in Texas at the same time that Trump was scheduled be rallying for Sen. Ted Cruz in order to “send a message” and to “fight fire with fire.” While around 100,000 individuals RSVP’d for Trump’s rally, Avenatti bowed out of the rally which he had proposed.
Grassley explained to the Examiner that Avenatti is “a good public relations man, opposite of the good that Trump does.” However, he also noted that “Trump’s just as good.”
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