Avenatti just exposed an unprecedented fact about the Republican head of the Senate Judiciary Committee

Still incredulous over the process by which President Trump and his gleefully malicious Republican cohorts rammed the confirmation of a Supreme Court justice down the throats of an American populace mostly opposed to the idea, Attorney Michael Avenatti took to Twitter today to question the legal qualifications of the head of the committee that approved Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination and sent it to the Senate floor.

Avenatti, who gained his public profile as a crusading lawyer by exposing the illicit payoffs made by Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen to Stormy Daniels, implicating the president in a criminal campaign finance violation in the process, attacked the credentials of Senator Chuck Grassley, the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, for heading up the committee without the benefit of a law degree to guide his decision making.

 In fact, every Judiciary Committee Chairman since at least the late 1800’s has had a law degree…except Senator Grassley.

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This was the second tweet today in which Avenatti attacked Grassley after the senator characterized him as “lawyer for the porn world,” a sobriquet that Avenatti strongly rejected with a biting response.

Avenatti is still livid over the sham FBI “supplemental background check” that was offered as a cover for the pre-determined confirmation of Kavanaugh despite the multiple allegations of sexual assault and perjury lodged against the nominee, including by one of Avenatti’s own clients, Julie Swetnick.

Swetnick was among the dozens of credible witnesses to disqualifying behavior by Kavanaugh who were prevented from giving sworn testimony to both the committee, due to Senator Grassley’s control of the proceedings, and to the FBI, because of Trump’s refusal to allow the bureau to pursue their claims.

Unfortunately, as much as one would hope that in a Senate lousy with lawyers that they could find a Senator with a legal background would run the Judiciary Committee, there is no law or Senate rule that requires a law degree to serve in any capacity on the committee. In fact, one need not be a certified member of the bar to be a Supreme Court Justice, although many other state and federal judgeships require a J.D. degree.

Avenatti’s tweet rightly points to the fact that the Republican Party has transformed the Judiciary Committee into a kakistocracy, a system of government which is run by the worst, least qualified, or most unscrupulous people.

It is one of the central reasons why it is absolutely imperative that everyone gets out and votes in the midterm elections to eject the Republicans from their majority misrule of Congress and put in a Democratic majority that can restore majority rule in this country.

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Vinnie Longobardo is a 35-year veteran of the TV, mobile & internet industries, specializing in start-ups and the international media business. His passions are politics, music and art.


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