Avenatti Takes Aim At Grassley, Hits Feinstein By Mistake

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Stormy Daniels’ attorney Michael Avenatti on Wednesday used his Twitter account to criticize Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley for having “never attended law school.”

However, Grassley deftly parried the attempted hit by pointing out via the Judiciary Committee account that Avenatti’s criticism also applies to the Democratic ranking committee member — California Senator Dianne Feinstein.

“Am I correct that @ChuckGrassley never attended law school?” Avenatti tweeted. “How is it possible that the Senate Judiciary Comm Chairman has no legal experience? No wonder he doesn’t understand issues like ‘perjury,’ FBI investigations, and which clients I have represented over the last 18 yrs.”

It didn’t take long for the Senate Judiciary Committee Twitter account to deliver a response:

“The Iowa farmer beat the all-time record for most circuit court nominees confirmed in a single Congress — and that’s on top of two Supreme Court Justices,” the Senate Judiciary Committee account tweeted. “And FYI, Chairman @ChuckGrassley went to the same law school Ranking Member @SenFeinstein attended.”

The tweet included a link to a Wall Street Journal article entitled, “Senate Judiciary Committee To Be Led by Non-Lawyers,” referring to Grassley and Feinstein.

From the 2016 article by Jacob Gershman:

That non-lawyers are in charge “illustrates how legal issues are increasingly seen as societal and political issues,” said Steven A. Cash, a former chief counsel to Ms. Feinstein and now a lawyer with Day Pitney LLP in Washington, D.C.

Mr. Cash told Law Blog he doesn’t think a law degree should be requisite. “What’s important here is good, hard-working, smart people running these committees, not whether they have a law degree or not,” he said.

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