Tucker Carlson was joined by Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) Thursday to react to the news that the Senate Judiciary Committee has referred attorney Michael Avenatti and client Julie Swetnick for criminal investigation regarding a potential “conspiracy” to provide false statements to Congress and obstruct its investigation.

Avenatti, who also is a potential 2020 Democratic presidential candidate and works as the attorney for adult film star Stormy Daniels, represented Swetnick, who accused Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh during the confirmation process of being involved in or present at rapes at high school parties in the 1980s. Kavanaugh denied it.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) penned a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and FBI Director Christopher Wray Thursday, claiming Swetnick and Avenatti’s allegations were leveled at a “suspicious” time, and he blasted the pair's credibility.

Avenatti, whom Carlson has dubbed "Creepy Porn Lawyer," said he and Swetnick "welcome" an investigation and look forward to a full and complete probe into his client's allegations.


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Kennedy, who serves on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said the criminal referral is a "very serious" matter, and there could be significant consequences if Swetnick lied to or misled a congressional committee under oath.

"I don't know whether Mrs. Swetnick was just a pawn or not. The FBI will find out," Kennedy said. "I don't know Mr. Avenatti. Based on my relationship with him through the committee ... he clearly has a casual relationship with the truth. And it appears to me that he will do the right thing, but only when constantly supervised and cornered like a rat."

He said he wants an environment where victims of sexual assault feel safe coming forward, but those legitimate claims can be undermined if others come forward with false allegations.

Kennedy noted that when no corroborating witnesses came forward to back up Swetnick's claims, Avenatti alleged that he had a witness and would provide a sworn statement, but he would not tell the committee that witness' name.

"It was a turning point in the hearing," he said. "I think that even if you ask the Democrats, when Mr. Avenatti entered the picture, it was clear we were getting into the foothills of the preposterous."

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