Just Who is Brett Kavanaugh?

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past couple of weeks the name Brett Kavanaugh has been ringing in your ears from the cable network shows and blinding your eyes on the national newspaper headlines. As of July 9, 2018 he became one of the most powerful people in the world, he was nominated by President Donald Trump to become an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.  This is pending the retirement of current Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy.  This nomination has created some rather large controversies between the Left and the Right.  But, who exactly is this man who is garnering so much attention and who will most likely be filing this incredibly powerful position?

  • Brett Michael Kavanaugh is a 53 year old father of 2, who attended Yale for both his bachelors and for law school.
  • He clerked for 2 appeals court judges and for Justice Anthony Kennedy after graduating from law school.
  • He worked as an Associate Counsel in the Office of Independent Counsel Kenneth W. Starr during the Bill Clinton investigation.  He was the primary author of the section of the 1998 report that detailed grounds for a possible impeachment of Clinton.
  • While in private practice in the 90’s, hes served as chair of the Federalist Society’s Religious Liberties Practice Group.
  • He is a former aide to President George W. Bush.
  • He worked on the Bush’s legal team during the Florida vote recount in 2000.
  • Bush nominated him to the US Court of Appeals for the Washington DC Circuit in 2003.  He was confirmed in 2006.
  • He served as White House lawyer and staff secretary under Bush.
  • He is married to Bush’s former Personal Secretary, Ashley Estes Kavanaugh.
  • According to Vox, he stated that sitting presidents should be exempted from criminal prosecution and civil suits.
  • He is considered a proponent of originalism in his judicial philosophy.  Which is attempts to give the text of the Constitution the meaning it had when it was adopted.
  • According to the Chicago Tribune, he has argued for the rights of people to own semi-automatic rifles, as he says is protected by the Second Amendment.