President Trump’s newest nominee for the Supreme Court, the highest court in our land, has been named—Brett Kavanaugh. Who is he and what is his background? Here are twelve fast facts on the newly nominated Brett Kavanaugh.
1) Born in Washington, D.C. and raised in Bethesda, Maryland. Attended the elite Georgetown Preparatory School (like Justice Gorsuch) and Yale Law School. (Is he Skull & Bones?)
2) Worked for Supreme Court Judge Anthony Kennedy. (Did Judge Kennedy [selected by Ronald Reagan] pick his own replacement?)
3) Sits on the board of directors for Washington Jesuit Academy.
4) Under George W. Bush, Kavanaugh was White House counsel, then staff secretary, then nominated to the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit Court by George W. Bush. Under Kenneth Starr, he urged the impeachment of Bill Clinton. Worked on the Florida “hanging chad” fiasco in 2000 election process of Bush versus Gore.
5) In charge of the investigation into Vince Foster’s death.
6) Sought to stop the repatriatization of Elian Gonzalez to Cuba.
7) As an active, practicing Catholic, where will Judge Kavanaugh stand on Roe v Wade and abortion rights? (There’s conflicting information.)
Chuck Schumer says, “In selecting Judge Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court, President Trump has put reproductive rights and freedoms...on the judicial chopping block.”
By Kavanaugh’s own words he will, “treat Roe v Wade as already settled law.” (In other words, he won’t move to change a thing.)
8) The ADL is concerned: Jonathan Greenblatt says, “We are concerned that Judge Kavanaugh’s judicial record does not reflect the demonstrated independence and commitment to fair treatment.”
9) Kavanaugh said in an article in the Minnesota Law Review, “Congress might consider a law exempting a President—while in office—from criminal prosecution and investigation.”
10) As part of a hearing on the 2015 net neutrality order, which put in place consumer protections for internet users, Kavanaugh wrote that the “net neutrality rule is...unlawful and must be vacated.”
11) Served as chair of the Federalist Society’s Religious Liberties Practice Group and wrote two pro bono briefs in support of the cause of religious liberty.
12) Believes in Global Warming: “The earth is warming. Humans are contributing. There is a moral imperative. There is a huge policy imperative. The pope’s involved.”