We hate him already.
Courtesy of NYT:
President Trump on Monday nominated Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh, a politically connected member of Washington’s conservative legal establishment, to fill Justice Anthony M. Kennedy’s seat on the Supreme Court, setting up an epic confirmation battle and potentially cementing the court’s rightward tilt for a generation.
Presenting Judge Kavanaugh at the White House, Mr. Trump described him as “one of the finest and sharpest legal minds in our time,” and declared him a jurist who would set aside his political views and apply the Constitution “as written.”
The nomination of Judge Kavanaugh, 53, a federal appeals court judge, former aide to President George W. Bush and onetime investigator of President Bill Clinton, was not a huge surprise, given his conservative record, elite credentials and deep ties among the Republican legal groups that have advanced conservatives for the federal bench.
But his selection will galvanize Democrats and Republicans in the months before the midterm elections. Moments after the announcement, the Senate Democratic leader, Chuck Schumer of New York, declared, “I will oppose Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination with everything I have.” Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, who leads the barest of Republican majorities, had expressed misgivings about his path to confirmation, but said he was a “superb choice.”
And now we are off to the races!
It really would not have made much difference who Trump picked since the Democrats are positioned to oppose anybody that he picks to replace Justice Kennedy.
However, having said that this Kavanaugh fellow has a substantial amount of baggage.
Courtesy of NPR:
Kavanaugh was a member of Lawyers for Bush-Cheney during the 2000 campaign and was a regional coordinator for the campaign. He also participated in the Florida recount and served as a White House counsel to George W. Bush and then staff secretary until 2006, when Bush appointed him to his current position on the federal bench. (He was originally appointed in 2003, but Democrats argued he was too partisan and his nomination was held up for three years.)
We could actually stop right there as for reasons to fight against his nomination.
I mean anybody who was part of that 2000 recount debacle is damaged goods.
But there’s more:
He was part of independent counsel Kenneth Starr’s team during the investigation of then-President Bill Clinton, specifically assigned to investigate Deputy White House Counsel Vince Foster’s suicide. The Baltimore Sun notes that he “argued unsuccessfully before the Supreme Court that attorney-client privilege did not apply to Foster after his death by suicide.”
Need more? He also wrote this:
“Even the lesser burdens of a criminal investigation — including preparing for questioning by criminal investigators — are time-consuming and distracting. Like civil suits, criminal investigations take the President’s focus away from his or her responsibilities to the people. And a President who is concerned about an ongoing criminal investigation is almost inevitably going to do a worse job as President.”
In other words, he does not think that presidents should be the subject of criminal investigations or civil suits while in office.
I think we fully understand why Trump wants him for the job.