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  • Attorney Michael Avenatti has said that he has
    “credible information” that Supreme Court nominee Brett
    Kavanaugh participated in sexual misconduct.
  • He has not yet provided evidence and says his client
    has been granted multiple security clearances and will come
    forward “only when SHE is ready.”
  • But Democrats are reportedly unhappy with Avenatti’s
    treatment of the supposed new allegations and fear that his
    approach may aid those looking to undermine other accusers’
    arguments.
  • One Democratic aide told
    The Daily Beast
    : “If he had vetted it through a media
    outlet and had journalists represent it in a well-reported way
    or have the committee introduce it, it would have been
    better.”
  • In response, Avenatti said the concerns were “ridiculous” and
    simply” another example of certain Democrats being weak-kneed and
    not up for the fight.”

Democrats are reportedly frustrated with the way attorney Michael
Avenatti is handling what he says is “credible information” he
has that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh participated in
sexual misconduct.

The allegations of the two women that have publicly come
forward to accuse Kavanaugh of sexual assault could prevent the
judge getting a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court. But

in interviews with The Daily Beast,
Democratic senators and
aides expressed concern that Avenatti may undermine the arguments
against Kavanaugh as he appears to tease new information.

One unnamed Democratic aide working on Kavanaugh’s confirmation
proceedings said that Avenatti’s approach was undercutting other
allegations.

“I believe there is a decent chance the person he reps may have a
real allegation. But he undercut it. If he had vetted it through
a media outlet and had journalists represent it in a
well-reported way or have the committee introduce it, it would
have been better.”

Avenatti has not yet provided evidence or named his client, but
has spoken of her government background and credibility.

On Tuesday, Avenatti tweeted that he would only disclose his
client’s name “only when SHE is ready and we have adequate
security measures in place.” He said he expected that point would
be in the next 36 hours. 


Michael Avenatti TwitterMichael Avenatti/Twitter

Avenatti first
announced on Sunday that he had “credible information”
about
Kavanaugh and that he has a client that would come forward with
new details and accusations against him.

He claimed that he had evidence that, at multiple house
parties in the early 1980s, Kavanaugh and his friend Mark Judge
would target women using alcohol and drugs “in order to allow a
‘train’ of men to subsequently gang rape them.”

A senior Democratic aide told The Daily Beast: “Mr Avenatti has a
tendency to sensationalize and make his various crusades more
about himself than about getting at the truth.”

“This moment calls for the exact opposite.”

The two public Kavanaugh accusers,
Christine Blasey Ford
and
Deborah Ramirez,

face claims from Republicans and
President Donald Trump that
their claims are fabricated or being weaponized by Democrats.

Both women have given media interviews. In Ford’s case, she
decided to identify herself to the Washington Post after news
that an unidentified woman had accused Kavanaugh of assault
began to leak.

If Michael Avenatti has any evidence, he should
come forward promptly. If he has a client who has relevant
information, I welcome hearing from him,” Democratic Senator
Chris Coons, a member of the judiciary committee, told the Daily
Beast. 

“If there are additional allegations to come forward, this would
absolutely be the time because I don’t see us pursuing this
matter much more than the next week or two at most.”

Ford is due to testify in front of the
Senate 
Judiciary Committee on
Thursday,
while the panel’s vote on Kavanaugh’s
confirmation is set
for Friday.

Coons suggested that Avenatti’s approach could make this new
accuser seem less credible, and perhaps arm critics with
ammunition to dismiss the other women’s allegations.

Ford, he said, had “attempted to contact news outlets and
the committee before Judge Kavanaugh was confirmed as being the
nominee.” He said that her claims are “credible” because she was
“trying to balance a deep yearning to remain confidential… while
also wanting to make sure that the general public knew her
allegations.”

Avenatti told the Daily Beast in response that Democrats’
concerns were “ridiculous.”

“I think it is another example of certain Democrats being
weak-kneed and not up for the fight,” he told The Daily Beast.
“If the heat is too hot in the kitchen they need to just get
out.”

Avenatti’s Twitter is currently on private. He wrote that this is
because “the bots and Trump trolls are out in full force
due to my representation re Kavanaugh. I will change this back as
soon as I am able.”

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