“Personally, I think he’s kind of a distraction,” Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia told Business Insider on Wednesday. “I don’t know him, but I think he’s a distraction.”
Sen. Jon Tester of Montana, who announced last week that he would vote against Kavanaugh, told Business Insider that Avenatti “wouldn’t have been my first pick” to represent someone making such serious allegations.
“Do I think he’s in it for the showbiz part? I hope not,” he said. “It’s too serious of a situation.”
But Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, told Business Insider that Avenatti’s involvement was essentially irrelevant because the allegations were Swetnick’s. As to whether she finds Avenatti trustworthy, Feinstein said, “I don’t know.”