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Judge Brett Kavanaugh is in line for a huge promotion. During his announcement, Trump declared Kavanaugh “One of the finest and sharpest legal minds in our time.”
As expected, Kavanaugh’s nomination was met with near-ubiquitous rejection from Democratic legislators, continuing the partisan battle that blocked President Obama from filling the Supreme Court seat left vacant by the death of Antonin Scalia in 2016. By delaying that appointment until Trump took office, Republican legislators secured the court’s current conservative bent.
In a 2009 article written for the Minnesota Law Review, Kavanaugh said that he did not believe that a sitting president should be subject to such distractions as lawsuits or subpoenas. “Even the lesser burdens of a criminal investigation – including preparing for questioning by criminal investigators – are time-consuming and distracting. Like civil suits, criminal investigations take the president’s focus away from his or her responsibilities to the people. And a president who is concerned about an ongoing criminal investigation is almost inevitably going to do a worse job as president.”
According to a separate report from the Times, replacing Kennedy with a judge holding such ideological leanings may be more than good fortune for the president.