In short, he is potentially our next Supreme Court Justice. The embattled candidate has been getting a serious amount of attention for some serious reasons. Multiple people have come forward with allegations of drunken tirades and sexual misconduct. Most of us hadn’t heard of Brett Kavanaugh before he was named as a candidate so, who is he and where did come from?
A Little Background
Kavanaugh is a native of Washington D.C. He received his undergraduate and law degrees from Yale which is where current Supreme Court Justices Thomas, Alito, and Sotomayor went to law school. Beginning in 1993, Kavanaugh clerked under Justice Anthony Thomas. In addition:
- He was a member of the counsel that investigated the Clinton administration and the suicide of Clinton aid, Vince Foster.
- He served for 5 years as counsel to the Bush administration.
- He was appointed to staff secretary for the Bush administration.
- He was appointed to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.
Brett Kavanaugh has a generally conservative opinion record which is why Donald Trump nominated him. With a republican House and Senate, Kavanaugh was thought to be a sure thing.
So, What is the Problem?
Well, since his nomination, multiple former classmates have come out to dispute the “worthiness” of Kavanaugh. A current professor at North Carolina University and former college classmate of Kavanaugh is giving information to the FBI which explains that the candidate is a “belligerent and aggressive drunk”. The professor plans to share a story that includes Kavanaugh throwing a drink in someone’s face and starting a fight while attending Yale.
In addition to the fighting, two other former Yale classmates allege that Kavanaugh held down a woman and groped her at a party where he was drinking. Another allegation is that he exposed himself to two freshman classmates at Yale.
These allegations are particularly troubling because Kavanaugh was asked by the Senate under oath about his drinking habits during high school and he said he did not have a problem. While getting this candidate confirmed by this Senate still seems probable, many believe he should not be confirmed because he may have lied during the vetting process.
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