CNN Host Corners Deputy Press Secretary Over Report Kennedy Received Assurances Trump Would Nominate Kavanaugh
In an interview with CNN host John Berman, White House spokesperson Raj Shah refused to address a report that President Donald Trump and the White House convinced Supreme Court Justice Anthony to retire by promising to replace him with protege Brett Kavanaugh.
Early Tuesday morning, NBC reported that Kennedy had been in negotiations “for months” with the outgoing justice stating, “Once Kennedy received assurances that it would be Kavanaugh (his former law clerk) Kennedy felt comfortable retiring.”
Confronted with the accusation by Berman, Shah repeatedly side-stepped the question, instead giving a boilerplate explanation about Kavanaugh’s qualifications.
“In the selection process, did President Trump speak to outgoing Justice Anthony Kennedy at all about Judge Kavanaugh prior to the nomination?” Berman asked.
“The president did speak with Justice Kennedy yesterday to inform him of his choice,” Shah attempted.
“Prior to that,” Berman pressed.