Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Kavanaugh's words come back to haunt him

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's views on civil or criminal action targeting a sitting president are well known.

This is fueling Democratic opposition. Many Democratic senators feel should Kavanaugh be confirmed, and should the government want to indict the president then Kavanaugh would vote to squelch the criminal action.

Here, for example, is what Democratic U.S. Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey tweeted about that:


But what's interesting to me is the context of Kavanaugh's comments. From ABC News:

Kavanaugh was a key player in the investigation that led to President Bill Clinton's impeachment, but a decade later he wrote that the experience, coupled with his time working for President George W. Bush, had persuaded him that presidents should not have to face criminal investigations, including indictments, or civil lawsuits while they are in office. He said Congress should pass a law temporarily protecting presidents from such distractions in office.

In other words, Kavanaugh was thinking about the impeachment of a Democratic president at the time he wrote his thoughts.

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