Brett M. Kavanaugh, Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court

Brett Michael Kavanaugh (born February 12, 1965) is an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. He was nominated by President Donald Trump to succeed Anthony Kennedy and took the oath of office on October 6, 2018. He previously served as a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and as a staff lawyer for various offices of the federal government of the United States.

Kavanaugh graduated from Yale University cum laude, with a degree in American history. After graduating from Yale Law School, he began his career as a law clerk and then a postgraduate fellow working under Judge Ken Starr. After Starr left the D.C. Circuit to take the position as head of the Office of Independent Counsel, Kavanaugh followed and assisted him with various investigations concerning President Bill Clinton, including the drafting of the Starr Report, which urged Clinton's impeachment. After the 2000 U.S. presidential election (in which he worked for the George W. Bush campaign in the Florida recount), he joined the administration as White House Staff Secretary and was a central figure in its efforts to identify and confirm judicial nominees. Kavanaugh was nominated to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit by President Bush in 2003. His confirmation hearings were contentious; they stalled for three years over charges of partisanship. He was ultimately confirmed to the D.C. Circuit in May 2006 after a series of negotiations between Democratic and Republican U.S. Senators. A Washington Post analysis found he had the most or second-most conservative voting record on the D.C. Court in every policy area between 2003 and 2018.

President Trump nominated Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court on July 9, 2018, to fill the position vacated by retiring Associate Justice Kennedy. Before his nomination, when Kavanaugh's name was on the short list of Supreme Court nominees, Palo Alto University Professor of Psychology Christine Blasey Ford contacted a Washington Post tip line with allegations that Kavanaugh had sexually assaulted her in the early 1980s while the two of them were in high school. Two other women also accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct. Kavanaugh denied all three allegations. Following a supplemental Republican-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, Republican committee members stated that all allegations were unsubstantiated. After an additional, severely limited, FBI investigation that didn't include interviewing his accusers, the Senate confirmed Kavanaugh's nomination by a vote of 50–48 on October 6, 2018. He was sworn in later in the day.¹ Talk persists that he may face impeachment for having previously lied under oath before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Only time will tell.

Brett M. Kavanaugh Quotes

"I am not perfect. I know that. None of us is perfect."

"The Supreme Court is the last line of defense for the separation of powers and for the rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution."

"A judge must interpret statutes as written. And a judge must interpret the Constitution as written, informed by history and tradition and precedent."

"This confirmation process has become a national disgrace. The Constitution gives the Senate an important role in the confirmation process, but you have replaced advice and consent with search and destroy."

"Sometimes I had too many beers. I liked beer. I still like beer. But I never drank beer to the point of blacking out, and I never sexually assaulted anyone."

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