GOP strategist says Avenatti was a 'useful idiot' for Dems

Republican strategist Mica Mosbacher told Hill.TV's "Rising" on Friday that Democrats used attorney Michael Avenatti as "a useful idiot" to attack President TrumpDonald John Trump2020 Democrats spar over socialism ahead of first debate Senate passes .5 billion border bill, setting up fight with House 'Teflon Don' avoids the scorn of the 'family values' GOP — again MORE and Supreme Court Justice Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughSupreme Court declines to overturn doctrine on regulatory clarity Gorsuch joins liberal justices in ruling against federal criminal statute Susan Collins: Trump's 'she's not my type' defense is 'extremely bizarre' MORE before Avenatti was indicted on his own criminal charges.

"Avenatti was a useful idiot for the Democrats when he was using Julie Swetnik to take down Kavanaugh first of all and Stormy Daniels to try to sully the president," Mosbacher told hosts Buck Sexton and Jamal Simmons. 

Avenatti formerly represented Daniels, an adult-film star whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, in her legal battle against Trump, with whom she says she had an affair more than a decade ago.

During Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing last year, Swetnick was one of two women who accused the judge of sexual assault, which the then-Supreme Court nominee denied.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) later announced he was referring Swetnick and Avenatti to the Justice Department for a potential criminal investigation into whether they made false statements to Congress about Kavanaugh.

During his representation of Daniels, Avenatti made frequent appearances on cable news shows and even floated a 2020 Democratic presidential bid. 

He was charged in California on Thursday with on 36 counts of perjury, fraud, failure to pay taxes and other financial crimes.

"Now I think it's interesting that the Democrats are now trying to distance themselves from Avenatti," Mosbacher said. 

— Julia Manchester