Controversy regarding Judge Kavanaugh during the past few weeks has exploded. Everyone is divided into their own sides of the aisle. The opinion of one high profile politician could sway public opinion in a different direction, though.
“Former President George W. Bush still supports Brett Kavanaugh after the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on sexual assault accusations against the Supreme Court nominee. Politico asked Bush on Thursday if he still supports Kavanaugh’s nomination.
“Yes, he does,” Freddy Ford, Bush’s chief of staff, said. Dr. Christine Blasey Ford testified on Thursday that Kavanaugh groped her and held his hand over her mouth at a high school party in the summer of 1982. Kavanaugh categorically denied the allegation and accused Democrats of conducting a coordinated smear against him.
In addition to his on the record support, Bush is also reportedly whipping votes for Kavanaugh’s confirmation. Republican Sens. Susan Collins of Maine, Jeff Flake of Arizona, and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska have all received calls from Bush in recent days urging them to support Kavanaugh.
Kavanaugh served as an associate counsel in the White House and then staff secretary during Bush’s presidency. When Kavanaugh was first accused of sexual misconduct by Ford, Bush said, “Laura [Bush] and I have known and respected Brett Kavanaugh for decades, and we stand by our comments the night Judge Kavanaugh was nominated: ‘He is a fine husband, father, and friend — and a man of the highest integrity.’”
“According to The Post, in recent days, Bush has contacted at least some of the senators seen as swing votes — Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin and Republican Sens. Susan Collins, Jeff Flake, and Lisa Murkowski — to discuss their votes as Kavanaugh faces multiple allegations of sexual misconduct.
The Post’s report suggests Bush decided to contact the senators because they’re less likely to be swayed by President Donald Trump. The report indicates Bush called the senators before Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused him of sexually assaulting her when they were teenagers in the 1980s, testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday.
Flake announced on Friday that he would vote to confirm Kavanaugh. Shortly after releasing his statement, Flake was confronted by survivors of sexual assault as he headed to the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Kavanaugh worked for Bush during the 2000 presidential-election recount in Florida. Three years later, Bush nominated Kavanaugh into the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit. Kavanaugh was Bush’s White House staff secretary until 2006, while his confirmation to the court was delayed. Bush voiced his support for Kavanaugh in July when Trump tapped the judge as his choice for the Supreme Court seat.
“He is a fine husband, father, and friend — and a man of the highest integrity,” Bush said of Kavanaugh. “He will make a superb Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.” Bush reaffirmed his support of Kavanaugh after Ford’s allegation surfaced, saying he and his wife “stand by our comments.”
Kavanaugh has denied the allegations of sexual misconduct against him. The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday heard hours of emotional testimony from Ford and Kavanaugh. The Senate is expected to vote on his confirmation on Friday afternoon.”
Judge Kavanaugh’s history with the president goes way back. After he finished his clerkship in the Supreme Court he worked with Ken Starr in 1997 as Associate Counsel in the Office of the Independent Counsel. Some of his colleagues included the likes of Alex Azar and Rod Rosenstein.
While at the White House he dealt with many different types of constitutional and legal issues. He even partook in the investigation into the death of Vincent Foster. During this investigation, Kavanaugh was criticized for investing money that came from the federal government into investigations of so-called conspiracy theories that were partisan.
Several years later in December 2000, Judge Kavanaugh started working with President Bush regarding the ballot recount issues in Florida. Shortly thereafter, he was brought on as an associate by the White House Counsel, who at the time was Alberto Gonzales.
He worked on the scandal surrounding Enron, the nomination of now Supreme Couty Justice John Roberts, as well as the nomination process of Miguel Estrada which was ultimately unsuccessful. A few years later, he started serving as an Assistant to the President and the White House Staff Secretary. He had succeeded Harriet Miers.
President Bush eventually nominated Judge Kavanaugh to the United States Court of Appeals in Washington D.C. The vacancy was created by Judge Laurence Silberman. For over three years his nomination was stalled in the Senate. Senator Dick Durban called him the Forrest Gump of Republican politics and accused him of being too partisan. Not much has changed since then in that regard.
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