Brett Kavanaugh, a Washington veteran, has inside track to a Supreme Court nomination

Brett Kavanaugh, a Washington veteran, has inside track to a Supreme Court nomination

Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh, a Washington veteran with a reliably conservative record, has the inside track for the Supreme Court nomination to be announced Monday evening by President Trump The federal appeals court judge, 53, has lived and worked nearly his entire career in Washington, including in past Republican administrations, and he is well-known and respected by the conservative lawyers in the Federalist Society and in the White House counsel’s office. But some activists on the right have rallied against him, citing his close ties to the Republican establishment and several court rulings that they believe did not go far enough in a conservative direction. Kavanaugh and Gorsuch have followed a remarkably similar path. Both went to the Georgetown Preparatory School in Bethesda, Md. And both were law clerks at the Supreme Court for Justice Anthony M. Kennedy in 1993 to 1994, although Gorsuch was initially hired by Justice Byron White, who then retired. But where Gorsuch went to work for a law firm after clerking for the high court, Kavanaugh jumped into the high pressure investigation of President Clinton led by independent counsel Kenneth W. Starr, a top Republican lawyer in the previous administration. Kavanaugh took on the task of reexamining the suicide of Vince Foster, a deputy White House counsel and close friend of Bill and Hillary Clinton who had come under fierce attack in the conservative media. Kavanaugh tried and failed to persuade the Supreme Court to force Foster’s lawyer to turn over notes from a […]

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