Brett Kavanaugh was never a fan of Trump — but he played the game to make it to SCOTUS: report
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh publicly praised former President Donald Trump but behind closed doors, he reportedly sang a very different tune. Like many questionable aspects of Kavanaugh's past, new details about his love-hate relationship with the former president are coming to light.
A new piece published by The Atlantic explains how Kavanaugh actually loathed the former disgraced president but ultimately made the right moves to secure his seat on the Supreme Court bench. When Kavanaugh appeared at the White House for his acceptance speech, he doted on the former president's dedication to the judiciary although he had little to no involvement with the judges.
In fact, the comment was so perplexing, The Washington Post described his remarks as "bizarre." "No president has ever consulted more widely or talked with more people from more backgrounds to seek input about a Supreme Court nomination," Kavanaugh said at the time when he visited the White House.
But in private, things were different. According to the piece: "In private, Kavanaugh had expressed his own misgivings about the president who nominated him, even as he went through the requisite motions of flattery and fealty."
"He was no fan of Donald Trump," one friend told me. "But he's not going to say no to the nomination. He had to kiss the ring to get there."
In addition to Kavanaugh's dislike of Trump, there are still a number of other mysterious parts of the justice's life that pose risks for the nation's highest court. Kavanaugh previously grabbed headlines when reports began circulating about the suspicious nature of his finances. Back in 2018, Mother Jones reported that a substantial amount of Kavanaugh's debt had been offloaded just before his nomination for the Supreme Court.
At the time, the publication shed light on Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse's (D-RI) assessment of Kavanaugh's finances which determined that much of it did not add up.
Per Mother Jones: "A number of the questions Whitehouse sent Kavanaugh dealt with the house he bought in tony Chevy Chase, Maryland, in 2006 for $1.225 million. Kavanaugh would have needed $245,000 in cash for the traditional 20 percent down payment on the house. But in 2005, when his nomination to the DC Circuit was pending, Kavanaugh reported a total net worth to the Senate of about $91,000, which reflected a mere $10,000 in the bank and $25,000 in credit card debt. According to his financial disclosure forms before and after the purchase of his house in 2006, Kavanaugh's liquid assets and bank balances never totaled more than $65,000, and those balances didn't decline after the purchase of the house."
Whitehouse stated, "The value of assets reportedly maintained in your 'Bank of America Accounts' in the years before, during, and after this purchase never decreased, indicating that funds used to pay the down payment and secure this home did not come from these accounts. Did you receive financial assistance in order to purchase this home?"
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