Michael Avenatti, the attorney for adult film worker Stormy Daniels, lashed out at Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) over her speech that indicated his actions helped persuade her to vote for the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.
"This was a disgrace and a gut punch"
Avenatti expressed his anger and frustration from his social media account after Collin's controversial speech.
"[Senator Collins] should be ashamed of herself for attacking my client and Dr. Ford," he tweeted.
.@SenatorCollins should be ashamed of herself for attacking my client and Dr. Ford. How did she make a credibility… https://t.co/LMnwELOOjC— Michael Avenatti (@Michael Avenatti) 1538768668.0
"How did she make a credibility determination as to my client? How is she qualified to do that without ANY investigation? She did ZERO to determine whether my client and her witnesses were credible," he added.
Outlandish allegation without credible evidence"
Collins excoriated efforts to bully her into voting against Kavanaugh in her speech on the Senate floor Friday. But she also noted the efforts by Avenatti in bringing forth an accuser claiming that Kavanaugh aided numerous gang rapes, including one perpetrated on her.
“This outlandish allegation was put forth without any credible supporting evidence and simply parroted public statements of others," Collins said in the speech.
"That such an allegation can find its way into the Supreme Court confirmation process is a stark reminder about why the presumption of innocence is so ingrained in our American consciousness,” she added.
"[Senator Collins] does not have the judgment to be a US Senator," Avenatti continued in a second tweet.
"She never met my client, never had her interviewed," he argued, "never met the 6 witnesses supporting her declaration or had them interviewed, and never cross examined my client. And yet she made a credibility determination. How?"
Avenatti's client, Julie Swetnick, appeared on MSNBC to tell her story, but even the anchor on the progressive news channel had to admit that she changed her story from the statement she gave to the Senate Judiciary Committee. The conflicting accounts severely undercut the credibility of Swetnick's claims.
"She attacked my client"
"[Senator Collins] did not attack me, she attacked my client," Avenatti concluded. "A woman who came forward as a sexual assault victim. And she attacked Julie and 'shamed her' without any facts and no investigation."
.@SenatorCollins did not attack me, she attacked my client. A woman who came forward as a sexual assault victim. An… https://t.co/6UagT9A6tS— Michael Avenatti (@Michael Avenatti) 1538775510.0
"This was a disgrace and a gut punch aimed at survivors everywhere," he concluded.
Here's part of Collins's speech in the Senate:
Collins' announcement means Kavanaugh is more than likely going to be confirmed by the Senate in a vote scheduled for Saturday.