Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) has been giving Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) a run for his money in the one-liners department lately. Both men have a knack for coming up with some political knee slappers, but I think Kennedy wins this week's round. In an interview with CNN's Brooke Baldwin Wednesday, Kennedy defended Trump's decision to appoint Matthew Whitaker the acting attorney general in the wake of Jeff Sessions's exit. In his commentary he managed to throw in a couple zingers about former Stormy Daniels lawyer and Trump critic Michael Avenatti.
Viewers tagged the entertaining exchange.
Sen. Kennedy: "It's not like the president appointed Michael Avenatti or Justin Bieber."— Jeff Cimmino (@jeffcimmino) November 15, 2018
Burnett: "But by your logic it is the same...it's [Trump's] choice."
"Well you have to be a lawyer to be Attorney General."
"So Michael Avenatti..."
"You have to be a sane lawyer." pic.twitter.com/No1gQEps6f
Critics insist that Whitaker, a former U.S. attorney, is not qualified for the job and cannot lawfully serve without Senate approval. Democrats also assert he was promoted to obstruct Robert Mueller's Russia investigation. The White House defended the appointment and a DOJ report out today justified it as completely constitutional, adding that he can lawfully serve as acting attorney general for as long as 210 days.
As for Avenatti, he made more news Wednesday night after getting arrested in Los Angeles on charges of domestic violence.
LOCK HIM UP https://t.co/dyE7FqMkc9— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) November 14, 2018
Avenatti told TMZ that he expects to be "fully exonerated" following an investigation.