'A Discredited Carnival Barker': 'The Five' Reacts to Avenatti's Criminal Referral
The co-hosts of "The Five" on Friday reacted to the news that the Senate Judiciary Committee has referred attorney Michael Avenatti and client Julie Swetnick for criminal investigation.
Committee chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) penned a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and FBI Director Christopher Wray Thursday regarding a potential “conspiracy” to provide false statements to Congress and obstruct its investigation into then-Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
Swetnick accused Kavanaugh during the confirmation process of being involved in or present at rapes at high school parties in the 1980s. Kavanaugh denied it, and in subsequent interviews, Swetnick appeared to walk back some of the claims she made during sworn testimony before Congress.
Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi said for Avenatti -- who also serves as the attorney for adult film star Stormy Daniels -- this could mean that "his five minutes of fame are about over."
Greg Gutfeld said Avenatti employs a strategy of using perceived victims -- first Daniels, then Swetnick -- to catapult himself into the spotlight.
"He's always using that to get higher and higher. How does he skate by ethics committees?" Gutfeld said.
Dana Perino said Avenatti clearly has ambitions to run for president in 2020, but he consistently makes headlines for all the wrong reasons.
"Instead of becoming the Democrats' version of Trump, he's just a discredited carnival barker," Perino said. "And the Democrats should start to distance themselves from him, because he's actually taking up a lot of time and energy, and they have no message at all."
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