Sasse wrote: "Michael Avenatti is a D-list attorny but a Grade-A scumbag. It's hard to get airtime from the slammer, so Nike's win is cable television's loss. In the end, Michael Avenatti wasn't a real attorney, he just played one on TV."
The release from the senator's office concluded with a "background" on the matter, that read, "Michael Avenatti, who once called Senator Sasse a 'moron who knows nothing about the law,' faces up to 42 years in prison for his genius legal theories."
So Ben Sasse's office has a statement https://t.co/XlGyjjhJBP— David Rutz (@David Rutz) 1581716425.0
What's the background?
Avenatti, who famously represented porn star Stormy Daniels in a failed lawsuit against President Donald Trump, was found guilty on several counts on Wednesday for attempting to extort $25 million from Nike. The troubled California lawyer faces two more upcoming criminal trials over allegations that he defrauded clients, including Daniels (whose given name is Stephanie Clifford).
Sasse's beef with Avenatti stems from when the "creepy porn lawyer" claimed to represent women who purportedly would testify against now-Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh during his nomination hearings in the Senate. At the time, Sasse referred to Avenatti as "the one-man clown circus." Avenatti and his client, Julie Swetnick, were found to have fabricated the allegations against Kavanaugh.
Avenatti became a frequent commentator on left-leaning media outlets after he hit the national stage with the Daniels case.
The Washington Free Beacon reported in 2018 that Avenatti was given $175 million in free media over a two month period when he made more than 100 appearances between CNN and MSNBC.