Chris Coons Implies Avenatti Didn’t Help Kavanaugh Process: ‘Widespread Response’ His Client Raised ‘Not Credible Allegations’
As Washington remains divided over the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) found some common ground with Capitol Hill colleague Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA).
When it came to the matter of Michael Avenatti‘s involvement in representing one of the women who’d accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, both senators recognized the star lawyer ignited a firestorm of attention.
“I do think that he is correct there was a widespread response, certainly on the Republican side that these were not credible allegations,” Coons told NBC’s Chuck Todd in a Sunday interview, referring to Kennedy’s criticism of Avenatti’s support for client Julie Swetnick who claims to have witnessed Kavanaugh’s allegedly predatory behavior at college parties.
While Coons suggested there was legitimacy to Kennedy’s rebuke of Avenatti, he promptly turned to discussing his evaluation of Kavanaugh as a nominee.
“I tried to focus my questioning of Judge Kavanaugh on issues that were directly related first to his judicial philosophy, his extreme views on presidential power and individual liberty and ways in which I’m convinced he’ll overturn Justice Kennedy’s most important recent decisions and then to focus on fitness and candor,” he said. “I think what was important about the last two weeks was trying to find a bipartisan focus on facts. The larger question, how do we move forward? How do we heal the divisions in the Senate?”
Watch the clip above via NBC.
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