16 Facts About Brett Kavanaugh

1. In 2009, Brett Kavanaugh wrote an article for the Minnesota Law Review in which he argued that Congress should exempt US presidents from civil lawsuits while in office because, among other things, such lawsuits could be "time-consuming and distracting" for the president and would thus "ill serve the public interest, especially in times of financial or national security crisis.

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2. Upon his ascension to the court, Brett Kavanaugh became the first Supreme Court justice to hire only women as law clerks.

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3. In his opening statement, Brett Kavanaugh claimed the accusations were a "political hit" by left-wing activists and Democrats, saying he faced retaliation "on behalf of the Clintons" for his work on the Starr Report against Bill Clinton.

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4. On July 2, 2018, Brett Kavanaugh was one of four US Court of Appeals judges to receive a personal 45-minute interview by President Donald Trump as a potential replacement for Justice Anthony Kennedy.

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5. In October 2016, Brett Kavanaugh wrote the plurality opinion when the en banc circuit found al-Bahlul could be convicted by a military commission even if his offenses are not internationally recognized as war crimes under the law of war.

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6. In August 2010, Brett Kavanaugh wrote a lengthy concurrence when the en banc circuit refused to rehear Ghaleb Nassar Al Bihani's rejected claims that the international law of war limits the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Terrorists.

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7. In June 2010, Brett Kavanaugh wrote a concurrence in judgment when the en banc DC Circuit found that the Al-Shifa pharmaceutical factory owners could not bring a defamation suit regarding the government's allegations that they were terrorists.

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8. In April 2009, Brett Kavanaugh wrote a lengthy concurrence when the court found that detainees at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp had no right to advanced notice before being transferred to another country.

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9. In 2013, Brett Kavanaugh issued an extraordinary writ of mandamus requiring the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to process the license application of the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository, over the dissent of Judge Merrick Garland.

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10. In October 2016, Brett Kavanaugh wrote for a divided panel finding that the CFPB's design was unconstitutional, and made the CFPB Director removable by the President of the United States.

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11. In 2015, Brett Kavanaugh found that those directly regulated by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau could challenge the constitutionality of its design.

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12. In his dissent, Brett Kavanaugh criticized the majority for creating "a new right for unlawful immigrant minors in US government detention to obtain immediate abortion on demand".

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13. In October 2017, Brett Kavanaugh joined an unsigned divided panel opinion which found that the Office of Refugee Resettlement could temporarily prevent an unaccompanied alien minor in its custody from traveling to obtain an abortion.

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14. In 2002, Brett Kavanaugh had told other White House lawyers that he believed Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy would not approve of denying legal counsel to prisoners detained as enemy combatants.

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15. In 1992, Brett Kavanaugh earned a one-year fellowship with the Solicitor General of the United States, Ken Starr.

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16. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh gave a rather, um, interesting testimony on Capitol Hill on Thursday, Sept 27.

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