Trump’s Leading Prospect To Replace Justice Kennedy Claims The President Is Above Prosecution: Report
Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh, a leading contender to be appointed to the Supreme Court is a highly partisan Republican who holds an extremist view of presidential power, claiming that the president should be exempt from criminal prosecution and civil lawsuits.
Kavanaugh, who was a clerk for retiring Justice Anthony M. Kennedy and now serves on the District of Columbia Circuit court, has argued that the president should not be distracted by civil lawsuits, criminal investigations or even questions from attorneys while in office, according to a Washington Post story analyzing his credentials.
But, despite that stance, Kavanaugh worked under Ken Starr as one of the attorneys investigating Bill Clinton.
While the Republican judge worked on the legal attack mounted against Clinton, he has more recently written a law review article offering an extremist view of presidential power.
A president should not have to face “time-consuming and distracting” investigations or lawsuits because they “ill serve the public interest, especially in times of financial or national security crisis.”
Kavanaugh was appointed to the federal bench by George W. Bush and Democrats attempted to block him because of his inexperience and highly partisan work. They were ultimately unsuccessful.
Kavanaugh also opposes abortion rights, according to The Post.