Brett Kavanaugh & Ken Starr Report: He Helped Author It

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Getty Brett Kavanaugh was a lead author of the Starr Report.

Brett Kavanaugh, a former George W. Bush administration official turned federal judge, is now President Donald Trump’s nominee for U.S. Supreme Court. Kavanaugh was involved in one of the most contentious presidential battles in modern history as one of the lead authors of the Ken Starr report into President Bill Clinton.

However, in a 1999 article in Minnesota Law Review, Kavanaugh basically disavowed such investigations, arguing that he no longer believes that sitting presidents should be subjected to criminal prosecutions or civil actions while in office. He said such probes are too distracting considering the seriousness of the issues facing the president.

Trump kept his decision for SCOTUS close to his vest throughout the day, stoking the drama, but The New York Times and others then reported that he has narrowed the choices down to Kavanaugh and federal Judge Thomas Hardiman. The Times reported around 3 p.m. Eastern time on July 9, 2018 that Trump had settled on a choice but did not reveal the name. Trump then announced that he had selected Kavanaugh.

More than any of the other candidates, Kavanaugh has been front-and-center when it comes to such constitutional battles.

Here’s what you need to know:


Brett Kavanaugh Was a Principal Author of the Starr Report Who Argued for Broad Impeachment Powers

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GettyBill Clinton attends The Nearness Of You Benefit Concert at Jazz at Lincoln Center on January 25, 2017 in New York City.

Brett Kavanaugh was indeed front-and-center in the investigations into former President Bill Clinton over sexual harassment and his honesty about a relationship with an intern, Monica Lewinsky. Some see salience in some of the Starr Report’s arguments at the time over what was allowable grounds to impeach a president.

Kavanaugh was a “lead author” of Ken Starr’s report into Bill Clinton, according to Politico. Kavanaugh, a graduate of Yale University, also worked in the George W. Bush administration and clerked for Anthony Kennedy, before he was named by Bush to the federal bench.

Kavanaugh served in George H.W. Bush’s administration in the solicitor general’s office, which is how he became acquainted with Ken Starr. “Kavanaugh was a protegé of Kenneth Starr,” reports Vox. “He was a principal author of the Starr Report.”

Kavanaugh once argued for broad impeachment powers against a president, according to The New York Times, which reported that he thought a president should be impeachable for “lying to his staff and misleading the public.” Those arguments appear in the Starr Report, The Times reported. In 1998, Clinton was, in fact, impeached.


Brett Kavanaugh Later Had a Change of Heart & No Longer Believes Sitting Presidents Should Be Investigated or Charged

GettyBrett Kavanaugh (left) in 2004.

You can see what Brett Kavanaugh wrote on the question of presidential investigation and indictment here.

The article ran in the Minnesota Law Review in 2009, and it’s titled, “Separation of Powers During the Forty-Fourth Presidency and Beyond.” In the article, he argues that various controversies bogging down the Bill Clinton and George W. Bush presidencies stressed the country’s “system of separation of powers and checks and balances.”

One of the headers in Kavanaugh’s article reads, “PROVIDE SITTING PRESIDENTS WITH A TEMPORARY DEFERRAL OF CIVIL SUITS AND OF CRIMINAL PROSECUTIONS AND INVESTIGATIONS.” Kavanaugh began that section by explaining the difficulties faced by any president. “The decisions a President must make are hard and often life-or-death, the pressure is relentless, the problems arise from all directions, the criticism is unremitting and personal, and at the end of the day only one person is responsible,” he wrote.

Kavanaugh concluded, “I believe it vital that the President be able to focus on his never-ending tasks with as few distractions as possible. The country wants the President to be ‘one of us’ who bears the same responsibilities of citizenship that all share. But I believe that the President should be excused from some of the burdens of ordinary citizenship while serving in office.”

Kavanaugh indicated he felt differently in the 1980s and 1990s but now regarded his beliefs then as a “mistake.”

“Looking back to the late 1990s, for example, the nation certainly would have been better off if President Clinton could have focused on Osama bin Laden without being distracted by the Paula Jones sexual harassment case and its criminal investigation offshoots,” Kavanaugh wrote.

He then called for civil actions against a president to be deferred for the course of a president’s term. He wanted to extend that protection to criminal prosecution too. “In particular, Congress might consider a law exempting a President – while in office – from criminal prosecution and investigation, including from questioning by criminal prosecutors or defense counsel,” Kavanaugh wrote, decrying such investigations as “inevitably politicized.”

Even criminal investigation is too distracting, wrote Kavanaugh, adding, “The indictment and trial of a sitting President, moreover, would cripple the federal government, rendering it unable to function with credibility in either the international or domestic arenas.”


Trump’s Team Is Interested in Brett Kavanaugh’s Writings on the Topic, Reports Say

GettyBrett Kavanaugh, Then-President George Bush, and Ashley Kavanaugh in 2006

According to CNN’s Jim Acosta, Trump’s team expressed interest in Brett Kavanaugh’s writings on the indicting a sitting president question as the choice for SCOTUS loomed.

“Trump SCOTUS team has looked at Kavanaugh’s past comments on indicting a sitting president, we’ve confirmed. In 2009, Kavanaugh wrote: ‘The indictment and trial of a sitting President, moreover, would cripple the federal government…'” Acosta wrote on Twitter on July 9, 2009.

Democrats have taken note of the writings, with New York Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer tweeting, “Kavanaugh has taken numerous positions that question his ability to be an indep. check on @POTUS, saying investigations of presidents should be deferred while in office & a president needn’t obey it when he ‘deems the law unconstitutional.’”


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Mike Drescher

Kavanaugh is unfit for the Supreme Court when he obviously changes his views when a Republican is in the office as opposed to a Democrat. He’s nothing but a political hack having not earned his jobs through merit but through association with the GOP/Russians. At this point in our nation’s history when the foundations of our democracy are under attack from Russia and one of our major parties has become merely a pawn promoting foreign interest in our country (Russian) we don’t need another stooge in D.C. Kavanaugh’s beliefs blow in the wind and he’s merely being rewarded for being one of the thugs who stopped the vote recount in FL and the endless prosecution of the Clinton’s for events that constituted no crime as opposed to the actual crimes of our sitting illegitimate president. He’s another turd in the cesspool the GOP have made of our federal government.

Tamil god Muruga doctrine introduced by Tamil Nadu government or police in tuticorin sterlite shootings. ,,?? ?,,read below,,,it gives doubt all minds ,,,,

Tamil god Muruga doctrine introduced by Tamil Nadu government or police in tuticorin sterlite shootings. ,,?? ?,,read below,,,it gives doubt all minds ,,,, July 8th, 2018
Is there any conspiracy ?
Tamil Nadu police tries to introduce Tamil Muruga doctrine in to Christianity ?
The family members, including S. Arumugam, the son of the deceased, said anti-Sterlite protesters intercepted the bus in which Valliammal was travelling along with her husband P. Sudalai (78) near Karungulam and hurled a petrol bomb on ,,,,
Valliammal ,kandaya shanmugam ,tamularazan,,
Some doubts strike me ,,
Why police shot people name carrying or possessing Muruga name,a Hindu tamil God,,?,,
Only JESUS gave his life for us CHRISTIANS,,
We are children born because of our God ,or father or husband ( church bride),, JESUS,,
Tamil Nadu police or government ,,
By shooting people carrying ,,,
Impose or make Christians ,,think ,,
Muruga or a Hindu tamil died for us ,,
God bless anyone help a Christian
But Bible says ,,
We CHRISTIANS are bound to give our lives for fellow CHRISTIANS,,,
Not a Hindu,,
Because it comes like under Christ our husband,,for Christians,we are bride church,,,
Some Tamil Muruga doctrine,,
We fear ,,
We fear Tamil Nadu government or police intruding CHRISTIANS Faith,,,or family,,,
Something which we can not say out ,,,,
Is it life sacrifice ?
Murders ?
Or
Killing ?
Or intruding in our CHRISTIANS Faith ???
How shall we take ?
Even if Muruga is tamils ancestor ,,what does he has to do with Christians whose God is Jesus??
CHRISTIANS should not worship forefathers ,or
even own Father or Mother ,,,
How can we worship Muruga ?? archeology has given lot of false records about Tamil Nadu history ?
Karikalan ,,etc,,
We need a thorough probe in to this ,,,
Archeology is also murderd by some. .
American archeology must visit Tamil Nadu to find the TRUTHs.
Worship of ancestors are only in China and in Tamil Nadu ,,
But what did Jesus say ?
Respect and honour parents while they are alive,,,
Not after Dead.,,,
Amen ,,
God bless you,,,
😌
God bless all those who sacrificed their lives for Christians ,,,,,,
😝😒😜
✓✓✓✓✓✓✓✓™™™™®®
But something bad goes on on,,
Neither Muruga nor perumal venkateswara is our ancestor,,,or
But Jesus ,,,
Only JESUS,,,
We don’t believe men made stories or doctrines ,,,
But we have a father ,,
We have a Lord ,,
JESUS ,,
We have a holy Spirit,,
JESUS IS husband for the bride church,,, CHRISTIANS,,,,
JESUS IS our husband in USA or India or China or Russia,,,,,,
Not Muruga as Tamil Nadu government or police tries to introduce it in tuticorin,,????????
Politics in shooting,,,??????!
Pope must watch ,,
CHRISTIANS across the world must watch this ,,,
Pope must visit Tamil Nadu,,,
God bless all who died in sterlite Tamil Nadu police government shooting,,,
Pope and Trump must visit Tamil Nadu ,, sterlite area ,,
Meet the victims family ,, CHRISTIANS ,,or Catholic fathers,,,there ,,families,,, children,,,
God bless Pope.
God bless Trump.
Amen .

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