5 Things to Know About Trump's Supreme Court Pick, Brett Kavanaugh
On Monday, President Donald Trump announced his nominee to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh.
Here are five things to know about the judge.
1. Ken Starr and Anthony Kennedy.
Brett Kavanaugh, a 53-year-old judge at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, may not be a good "diversity" pick in the terms of the late Justice Antonin Scalia, but he is well qualified for the nation's highest Court.
Born in Washington, D.C., and raised in Bethesda, Md., Kavanaugh is a Roman Catholic, like four other members of the Court. His mother served as a Maryland state Circuit Court judge, and he graduated from Georgetown Preparatory School. Kavanaugh graduated from Yale University in 1987 and Yale Law School in 1990. He clerked for Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, so it may be poetic for him to replace the justice.
Most controversially, Kavanaugh worked for Ken Starr, first when Starr was the solicitor general of the United States and later when Starr served as independent counsel in the investigation of Bill Clinton and his affair with Monica Lewinsky.
Kavanaugh helped write the Starr Report to Congress, and argued for the impeachment of Bill Clinton. Later, he argued his first and only case before the Supreme Court when he asked it to disregard attorney-client privilege in relation to the investigation of the death of Vincent Foster. The Court rejected Kavanaugh's arguments by a vote of 6-3.
By choosing Kavanaugh, Trump sent a powerful message about Bill Clinton's past sins.
2. Curbing the administrative state.